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India tightens security in violence-hit northeastern state

Published: June 6, 2018

STORY: A posse of policemen patrolled the streets of India’s violence-hit northeastern Shillong city in Meghalaya state on Tuesday (June 05) after angry mob pelted stones at security forces and forced authorities to impose restrictions following clashes between two communities.

Curfew like situation was seen in parts of the city as soldiers and security personnel manning the streets.

A local Manpreet Singh said the situation was better and they were feeling safe in region.

Clashes had erupted last Thursday (31 May) when a bus conductor, a tribal, was allegedly assaulted by some residents, hailing from Punjab, living in the Punjabi Line area. Three children were also allegedly beaten. Local media said more than 10 people, including policemen, were injured in the violence a man was arrested in connection with the incident.

After rumours began doing rounds in the social media that one of the children had died, a mob tried to attack houses in Punjabi Line. Clashes followed after which an indefinite curfew was imposed.

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