The Garo Hills administration in Meghalaya today snapped Internet services in the region after locals staged a protest demanding the removal of GHADC Forest Advisory Committee chairman for allegedly criticising them on social media.
The precautionary measure to snap Internet services was likely triggered by the recent clashes between the local Khasi people and Sikh community members in state capital Shillong.
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 Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and surrounded it, demanding Rehman's removal. Later, they handed a letter mentioning their demands to GHADC chief executive member Dipul Marak.
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 NGO 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," Superintendent of Police MGR Kumar said.
When contacted, Marak confirmed he had met the protesting NGO members and received a letter containing their demands.
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