The death toll in the Meghalaya violence rose to three after a person named Uphas Uddin was killed by three unknown miscreants at his home in Pyrkan village on Sunday. Earlier, two people including a Khasi Students’ Union activist were killed on February 28 during a rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act where the implementation of the Inner Line Permit was demanded. As per a special bulletin issued by Meghalaya Police, the citizens have been asked to maintain restraint and not fall prey to unverified information.
The bulletin states that no one was injured when a petrol bomb was hurled at the residential compound of Lakshmi Bareh at around 9.30 pm on February 29. Between 12 to 1 am on March 1, there was another attack, this time targeting Rajua Karim at Mawthabah who was subsequently rushed to a hospital. This was followed by the death of Uphas Uddin at 2.45 am, who was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. As per reports, indefinite curfew has been imposed in Shillong.
Special Bulletin Update regarding incident reported from 6:00 PM 29 February 2020 till 8:00 AM 1st March 2020.— Meghalaya Police (@MeghalayaPolice) March 1, 2020
We request citizen to exercise restraint and do not believe unverified information. pic.twitter.com/2w62TemykS
In an appeal issued by Meghalaya DGP R Chandranathan, the citizens, civil society and religious organisations have been requested to unite against the spreading of rumours and hate-mongering. Moreover, the Meghalaya police have asked the people to refer to its social media pages to get authentic information. The statement also mentions that people can contact 0364-2222855 for any assistance or queries.
All Citizens, Social Organisations, Religious Organisations, Dorbar Shnongs, Seng Kynthei, Seng Samla and all peace loving people from all spheres of life, are requested to kindly unite in fighting the menace of propagating and spreading of rumors & hate mongering. pic.twitter.com/ZwNPaUFHcp— Meghalaya Police (@MeghalayaPolice) March 1, 2020