As Ichamati area of East Khasi Hills as the epicentre, the clashes between Khasi Students Union and non-tribals in Ichamati area turned violent killing a person. Situation slipped out of hands with the unknown assailants stabbing numerous people and touching vehicles all along the way. In the wake of Delhi riots which took off in the same pattern, curfew was imposed in all major parts of the capital city with the possible chances of deterioration of law and order.
Besides hurling stones on the opposite group, the mobs torched vehicles & tyres which injured a couple of police personnel as well. East Khasi Hills district magistrate M War Nongbri issued an order confirming the curfew which read- “Under section 144CrPC, I do hereby promulgate curfew in Shillong city with effect from 12 noon of February 29, 2020, until further orders.” Mobile internet services also remained suspended in six districts and for the next 48 hours, SMS services have been restricted to only 5 SMS per day.
East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, and West Khasi Hills are few of the riot-hit parts of the city which are now under curfew. The person who lost his life in the lashes has been identified as Lurshai Hynniewta, who worked as a taxi driver. Lurshai was reportedly wounded severely who later succumbed to his injuries.