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Double trouble in Shillong

Shillong, May 20: The headmen of various localities here have expressed concern over power cuts at night and late closure of wine shops, especially since the Langpih violence, saying that darkness and drunkenness can cause serious disturbances.

More than 100 people, including headmen and leaders of communities, met East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner J. Lyngdoh last night, requesting him to address their concerns over law and order.

They urged him to take steps so that commu- nal harmony was not disturbed.

Lyngdoh today said the concerns raised by the headmen would be placed before the government for consideration.

He said the headmen had suggested that power cuts could start from 5am rather than at night as goons take advantage of the darkness to create law and order problems like setting vehicles and public property ablaze and assaulting people. The leaders said darkness and drunkenness have the potential to unleash evil.

“A headman also suggested that steps should be initiated to temporarily curtail the timing for closing licensed IMFL shops,” Lyngdoh said. The wine shops at present remain open till 9pm.

The official said the suggestions were valid and needed to be implemented.

The meeting was attended by East Khasi Hills superintendent of police A.R. Mawthoh, sector magistrates and sector police officers.

It was a follow-up of meetings held with sector magistrates and sector police officers at the level of police stations last week.

The meeting resolved that steps must be taken to prevent communal disturbance, as this would adversely affect the common man, particularly the poor and marginalised sections of society.

The meeting also resolved that the Dorbar Shnong should be vigilant so that residents within their jurisdiction do not indulge in activities which might create communal disharmony and disruption of law and order.

The meeting also decided to intensify police patrolling in vulnerable areas.

In a related development, the 12-hour bandh called by the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) against the police firing in Langpih today, passed off peacefully.

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