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Chokpot tense

Tura, May 30: Chokpot in South Garo Hills, about 60km from here, remained tense but under control today, with no untoward incident being reported. The curfew imposed yesterday, after a mob attacked Chokpot police station and torched three police vehicles following the custodial death of a suspected overground worker of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), remained in force.

Witson M. Sangma had died in police lock-up on Wednesday. “The situation is under control and curfew remains in place since Thursday afternoon. There have been no untoward incidents,” said deputy commissioner T.G. Momin.

There was no relaxation of curfew last night and all through today to prevent any flare-up in violence. Additional security forces have arrived from Baghmara and Tura. “If there are no untoward incidents, we may lift curfew tomorrow morning for about five to six hours to allow people to purchase food items. But that will depend on the situation,” said Momin.

The situation at Chokpot turned violent as police refused to allow the mob to hold a peaceful demonstration.