All you need to know about the Shillong rally turned violence of October 28.
Recently, a video from Shillong got viral on social media where one could see amidst a rally, protesters started beating up people mercilessly.
Now, who are these people and what was the rally about?
On October 28, a rally was organised by the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia & Garo People (FKJGP) in Shillong, Meghalaya against the unemployment issue prevailing in the state.
The rally turned later into violence where the rally protesters whose faces were mostly covered with masks started beating up passers-by, spectators , innocent people and damaging vehicles for no absolute reason.
According to reports, the people who were beaten up were mostly Non-Khasis and they were beaten up in spite of the presence of the Police.
Reportedly, the Police had denied permission for the rally. However, the District Administration had granted permission causing a lack of coordination between the two.
The President of the FKJGP issued an apology over the unruly behaviour of the youths.
The President said, in spite of warning the protesters beforehand that the rally is supposed to be a peaceful one, the violence occurred. He further said that the reason can be because of the frustration of the youths who are unemployed for a long time now.
He also appealed to the youths to be "patient and to be cool and calm" asked them to believe in them so that they address their grievances at the earliest.
"We are sorry and we take responsibility for what happened", said the President.
District Magistrate Isawanda Laloo on Moday imposed Section 144 Cr.PC across Shillong city to prevent ‘surprise rallies’ by pressure groups.
The order said the rally held on October 28 has "caused fear psychosis amongst the public at large."
It further stated that violation of the said order will attract penal provisions under Section 188 of the IPC, and any other as deemed fit and appropriate.
The Shillong Press Club too condemned the violence that took place during the FKJGP rally on Friday as the micreants have equally assaulted members of the media along with the public.
The official release by the Shillong Press Club stated it warns such trouble mongers and mischievous attempts to disrupt public peace will not go unnoticed.
It also urged the civil administration and police to treat the incident with utmost seriousness and deal with it in accordance with the law.
The CM of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma on Monday held a meeting with DC, East Khasi Hills and Meghalaya and took stock of the situation.
Post which the CM informed that one person has been arrested and three FIRs has been lodged and a large number of people have been identified who were among the attack initiated during the rally organised by FKJGP.
The CM further informed that three people have been injured during the incident, and were given the necessary treatment stating that the injuries were not of a serious nature even though they were hurt.
He also informed that no major damage to any personal vehicles or assests of the givernment were done, a total of only three vehicles were vandalised which were mostly autos and and scooters and one of them was a gypsy which was of the Army which got slightly damaged.
Non-tribals have gone furious over the issue and are appealing to the people outside Meghalaya to stop visiting the place as tourists which is a major factor in boosting the economy of the state. They have started using the hashtag, #BoycottMeghalyatourism.
*Note- Image sources are mostly taken from the ones available in social media.*