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Internet services suspended in Garo Hills after locals protest

Press Trust of India  |  Tura (Meghalaya) 

The Hills administration in today snapped in the region after locals staged a protest demanding the removal of for allegedly criticising them on

Hills Autonomous District Council Forest Advisory Committee has angered the residents by allegedly writing anti-posts on

An elected member of from the BJP, Rehman has dismissed the posts, saying his account was hacked.

The precautionary measure to snap was likely triggered by the recent clashes between the local Khasi people and Sikh community members in state capital Shillong.

and were suspended in comprising five districts in western to curb the spread of rumours, official sources said.

The order came through MS Rao after a report was submitted by the DGP about a and order situation developing in the region, the sources said.

The service were suspended at 3 pm for 48 hours after which the situation in the region would be reviewed, they said.

In Shillong, Internet services remained suspended as the clashes between Sikh residents in the city's Punjabi Lane area and Khasi drivers of state-run buses were fanned by rumours on social media.

Today, a number of members of various NGOs marched to the office of the Autonomous District Council and surrounded it, demanding Rehman's removal. Later, they handed a letter mentioning their demands to GHADC member

Several NGOs previously too have demanded Rehman's removal as they were against the appointment of a non-indigenous person to the post.

Earlier today, when Rehman reached his office, it was surrounded by members. Though the situation was tense, the agitators refrained from getting physical. Police parties quickly rushed to the spot to ensure there was no escalation.

"Our teams are monitoring the situation," of Police MGR Kumar said.

When contacted, Marak confirmed he had met the protesting members and received a letter containing their demands.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 21:40 IST