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Curfew relaxed for 12 hours

Tura, June 1: The situation in Meghalaya’s Chokpot in South Garo Hills, which had turned violent, following a mob attack on a police station, is limping back to normality.

Curfew was relaxed for 12 hours beginning from 7am today. The curfew was imposed on Thursday following mob-police stand-off over the death of a suspected overground worker of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Witson M. Sangma, in police custody on Wednesday.

“The situation is limping back to normality. We will review it and act accordingly,” said deputy commissioner in-charge of South Garo Hills, T.G. Momin.

Several NGOs have called for a non-cooperation movement tomorrow across the Garo hills following the death of Sangma and Balsan Marak, an undertrial prisioner, in police custody.

The groups have demanded a CBI or a judicial inquiry into the deaths. Reacting to the ongoing situation at Chokpot, South Garo Hills superintendent of police Lakador Syiem said, “The NGOs, church forum and concerned citizens have helped us to defuse the situation.”