Assam-Meghalaya Border Firing: Internet services to remain suspended till Nov 26

Guwahati: The Meghalaya Government has decided to extend the suspension of internet services till November 26 in response to the most recent development in the Assam-Meghalaya border fire incident that claimed six lives, including one Assam Forest Guard.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma convened an urgent meeting with village chiefs and spiritual leaders on November 22 and decided to cancel the second Shillong Literary Festival.

Additionally, a press release stated that internet services would remain banned for 48 hours considering the volatile situation in the region. “Whereas, messaging systems like WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. are likely to be used for transmission of information through pictures, videos and text, having the potential to cause a serious breakdown of law and order. Therefore, in order to prevent the misuse of the above-mentioned media to disturb peace and tranquillity in the State of Meghalaya and for maintaining law and order, I, C. V. D. Diengdoh, IAS, Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Home (Police) Department do hereby promulgate this notification under the provision of Section 5 (ii) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, read with the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 to prohibit the following types of media for the next 48 (Forty-Eight) hours beginning from 10:30 am on 22′ November 2022 in the 7 (seven) districts of Meghalaya namely, West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri — Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, and South West Khasi Hills Districts,” the notification read.

The Indian Telegraph Act of 1885’s pertinent provisions and section 188 of the IPC will both be used to prosecute violations of this proclamation.

Notably, a shooting incident on November 22 in Moikrang, Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district, near the border with Meghalaya, resulted in at least 6 deaths, including a forest ranger.

According to reports, the incident occurred on November 22 at around 7 am when a team from the forest department attempted to stop a truck carrying smuggled timber.

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