Meghalaya: Shillong's vigil turns violent, petrol bombs hurled, tear gas fired by police

As businesses shuttered their doors, some portions of the city took on a barren appearance during the rally. 

Meghalaya: Shillong's vigil turns violent, petrol bombs hurled, tear gas fired by  police

Shillong descended into violence once more as resentment over the deaths of five villagers in West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, continued to burn. A number of organisations organised a citywide candlelight vigil, but despite leaders' best efforts to maintain order, things quickly descended into mayhem when demonstrators damaged property owned by the government.

On Thursday night, miscreants ambushed a city bus and attempted to set it on fire while also torching a traffic booth at the intersection of Shillong Civil Hospital. Reports state that a bus carrying members of the CRPF was attacked, and some demonstrators even tried to set the bus on fire when it was parked.

Security personnel were forced to use tear gas to stop further escalation of violence as irate protestors threw rocks and petrol bombs at the police forces stationed at Barik Point to defuse the situation.

In protest of the shooting deaths of five Meghalaya people by Assam police in Mukroh, five pressure organisations today staged a sit-in in solidarity and a candlelight vigil.

As businesses shuttered their doors, some portions of the city took on a barren appearance during the rally. 

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