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SHILLONG | Jan 10, 2019:

Stray incidents of burning tyres on the roads were reported from across the Khasi and Jaintia Hill districts of Meghalaya during “stay off the road protest” called by the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organisation (CoHSO) in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, on Thursday.

In East Khasi Hills, less vehicular movement was reported in the city streets since 7 pm and cases of tyre burning on the roads have been reported in 3rd miles, Upper Shillong.

“The situation is peaceful only for some stray incidents like tyre burning cases but that has been brought under control,” said SP (City) Steve Rynjah.

Similar cases were reported in West Jaintia Hills where tyres were burned in the middle of the road in Thadlaskein, 4th and 7th miles.

Some parts of the Shillong-Jowai highway was reported to have been barricaded by boulders and while some sections have been cleared by the police, others remain the same.

Meanwhile, in West Khasi Hills and East Jaintia Hills, the situation is more or less peaceful. “Vehicular movement is smooth along the highways and police have been asked to be vigilant and alert,” said EJH SP, S Nongtnger.

It may be mentioned that Northeast India was marred by protests, bandhs, violence in the wake of the decision of the Centre to approve the recommendations of the Joint Parliamentary Committee into the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the subsequent passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha.

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