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Mobile Internet services restored in Shillong, other regions

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

services were restored today in and other areas in the region, 12 days after fake information on led to clashes in the city, forcing the government to impose a curfew.

and messaging services were suspended on June 1 in seven districts of the region, a day after a was assaulted by a group of Sikh residents of the Punjabi Lane area.

Trouble escalated when rumours spread on that the had succumbed to injuries, prompting a group of bus drivers to converge in the Punjabi Lane area. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse them.

The messaging services were restored on June 7, but the was re-activated today.

The home department, which reviewed the situation today, has lifted the ban on mobile Internet services, Hills P S Dkhar told

falls in district.

He said the decision was taken after the police informed the government that the situation had returned to normal.

The also said the night curfew in the 14 affected localities in the station and Cantonment Beat House areas has been relaxed for two hours.

Night curfew in the affected areas would begin at 8 pm and end at 5 am the next day, Dkhar said.

Also, night curfew in the entire state capital is yet to be lifted. It would remain in force from 10 pm to 5 am the next day, he said.

Tension gripped the state capital for five days since May 31, following the clash between the Khasis and the Sikhs in the city's Punjabi Lane area.

The authorities have already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the initial incident at Punjabi Lane, according to the

The BJP-backed Democratic Alliance government has also formed a high-level committee to find a permanent solution to the issue of relocation of the Colony, inhabited by the Punjabis.

Prestone Tynsong, who heads the committee, had yesterday said that the panel would recommend a to the for the relocation of the colony, which has been a long pending issue.

Tourism in the scenic beauty hill city popularly known as "of the East" had taken a beating following clashes. Holidayers inflow has been increasing for the past few days following improvement in the situation.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:10 IST