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Khasi Hills limps back to normalcy

By Staff Correspondent

SHILLONG, March 2 - After three days of violence, in which three persons died and several were injured in Khasi Hills, there were no incidents of violence till the time of filing this report today.

Curfew was relaxed from 6 am in the state capital to enable students to attend their 12th board exams today with their admit cards serving as curfew passes.

There was adequate deployment of state and central paramilitary forces in the State capital and Sohra and the examination were held smoothly.

However, many students, their parents and teachers were confused with the curfew timings although the administration made every effort to announce the timings.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma visited the injured victims at the Shillong Civil Hospital and assured them all help while informing that he is in touch with the Union Home Ministry and Prime Minister�s Office on a daily basis.

The victims were mostly stabbed in the state capital during the past three days by unidentified persons following the death of a Khasi Students� Union member on Friday last in Ichamati village along the Indo-Bangla border.

Apart from the injured, two other persons were killed after the death of the KSU member. Eight persons have been arrested for allegedly being involved in the death of the KSU member.

Sangma visited the victims along with Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, Health Minister AL Hek and others ministers.

Expressing concern over the attack on the victims, Sangma said: �all expenditure involved in their treatment and medicine will be completely borne by the government.�

He informed that a suo moto case has been filed on the stabbing cases and the Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills district Claudia Lyngwa and her team are investigating.

No arrests have been made in the stabbing cases and the two other deaths that occurred during the three days of violence.

�There are some leads... we are trying to find out the details into it. We have made some steps forward...,� the CM said.

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