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Shillong Unrest: Curfew Relaxation Extended As Situation Improves

More than 10 people, including policemen and CRPF personnel, were injured in the clashes in the Shillong violence.

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Curfew was imposed in at least 14 localities of Shillong on the night of Friday, 1 June, after clashes broke between a group of bus drivers and residents of the Motphran area.
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The Meghalaya government extended the curfew relaxation on Sunday, 10 June after the situation improved in Shillong with no incidents of violence being reported over the last 24 hours.

The capital of Meghalaya has been tense since violence broke out on 29 May following an altercation between Sikh residents in the city's Punjabi Lane area and Khasi drivers of state-run buses. More than 10 people, including policemen and CRPF personnel, were injured in the clashes.

Curfew in the affected areas has been relaxed from 7 am to 6 pm on Sunday, East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner PS Dkhar told PTI. This decision was taken to allow churchgoers in the affected areas to attend Sunday services, he added.

Dkhar said that the decision was taken at a review meeting on Saturday as no incidents of violence were reported during the curfew relaxation and also during the curfew from the affected areas.

Night curfew too has been relaxed throughout the state capital and will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am.

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Though offices and commercial establishments remained closed on account of Sunday, heavy traffic was seen on the city roads today.

Dkhar added that the security deployment in the city would continue as the government reviews the situation on a daily basis.

Currently, 15 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), six companies of the state riot police and two battalions of the state police are deployed across the city, a senior police officer said.

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