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Curfew further relaxed, mobile Internet restored in Meghalaya
STAFF correspondent
 SHILLONG, Dec 20 - The mobile Internet service was restored in Meghalaya this evening after more than a week, bringing the much-needed relief for Netizens in the State.

Although there has been no official announcement from the State Home Department, which suspended the service on December 12, till the filing of this report, the mobile Internet was found to be functioning this evening.

The mobile Internet service was suspended throughout the State after there were reports of arson, vandalism and stone-pelting from certain pockets in the State capital. Violence broke out after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the Parliament.

Simultaneously, curfew was imposed in areas under the Lumdiengjri and Sadar police stations on December 12. These areas included Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Mawprem, Lamavilla, Raithsamthia, Police Bazaar, Jail Road, Keating Road, Polo, Qualapatty, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Boucher Road, Mawlong Hat, Wahingdoh and Mission.

Meanwhile, curfew was relaxed in these areas for 16 hours today from 5 am to 9 pm by the East Khasi Hills district administration. The curfew relaxation period is likely to be extended further in these areas.

Due to relaxation of curfew and passage of a resolution by the Meghalaya Assembly to urge the Centre to implement the inner line permit system, there is jubilation among social organisations which have been making these demands for long.

There was an air of festivity in the busy Police Bazaar and Bara Bazaar areas as people came out in large numbers for last-minute Christmas shopping. They also bought essential commodities. Throughout the day, there were massive traffic snarls here.

A PTI report from Shillong adds: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had announced on Thursday that the Government would relax prohibitory orders to allow people to celebrate Christmas.

Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO), an umbrella body of pro-ILP groups in the State, said the demand for the regime would continue till the Central Government gave its approval.

“We are happy the Assembly did its job, but we have only reached the halfway mark. We will pursue the matter with the Union Government and the President to get necessary approval,” CoMSO chairman Robert Kharjahrin said.

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