Breaking News, 16 August 2021 LIVE Updates: Violence, including stone-pelting and setting a police vehicle afire, rocked Shillong on Sunday, following the “killing” of a former militant leader on Friday, leading the authorities to enforce curfew and suspend internet services in four Meghalaya districts, officials said.
Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui resigned on Sunday night in wake of the violence.
Demanding a judicial inquiry into the Shillong violence, Rymbui, in his resignation letter to Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, said that he was shocked at the killing of HNLC ex-leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew following the police raid at his residence exceeding the lawful tenets of the law.
“Considering the gravity of the situation, I request you to relieve me of the Home (Police) Department with immediate effect. This will facilitate free and fair enquiry taken by the government to bring out the truth of the incident,” Rymbui said.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country for Tajikistan, a senior interior ministry official said on Sunday as reported by news agency Reuters.
Former President Hamid Karzai has meanwhile assured the people in a message that he will stay in the country. He is urging people to stay home and is trying to resolve the issue through dialogue, TOLO news reported.
Ashraf Ghani has left Afghanistan along with his close aides, the Afghanistan-based news platform reported sources as saying.
Reportedly, sources close to the Taliban said that the group agreed for Ghani to resign after a political agreement, followed by handing over the power to a transitional government.