From Our Correspondent | Shillong/Tura, June 10, 2018:
Internet and SMS services which were suspended in Meghalaya following various untoward incidents, are yet to be restored.
In Khasi and Jaintia Hills districts of the state, the services were stopped since last week following the Motphran clash in Shillong. In Garo Hills, the services were stopped since Friday this week over fears of rumour mongering following an incident in the GHADC.
Even as Shillong and Tura are slowly limping back to normalcy, no order of lifting the ban on internet and SMS services has been issued till date.
It may be reminded that on May 31 night, a clash erupted between the police and protesters in Motphran area following a skirmish between two groups. The situation aggravated after rumours on the death of one of the assaulted victims, started doing their rounds on social media. The government had to suspend the internet and SMS services in East Khasi Hills district on June 1. Two-three days after the incident, the services were also blocked in other districts falling under Khasi and Jaintia Hills.
Meanwhile, in Garo Hills, the NGOs, GSU, AYWO, FKJGP and ADE had surrounded the GHADC office at Tura and later met the CEM, Dipul Marak, to demand the ouster of sitting MDC, Sofiur Rehman from the post of chairperson of the Forest Advisory Committee. The nature of the protest led to the administration seeking a stop on rumour mongering after which services were stopped for a period of 2 days.
The stoppage was mainly to clamp down on social media, which has been the main culprit in gossip, which could have escalated the situation.
“There were no incidents reported in the past two days which is a very good sign. Services may take a little while to get restored – maybe in a day or so,” confirmed SP of WGH, Dr MGR Kumar.