Guwahati: Protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 have turned a violent move in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya as the protestors have attacked a bus carrying a team of rescuers from Odisha for trapped miners in Ksan village.
East Jaintia Hills SP Sylvester Nongtynger said that no one has been seriously injured while the bus has been partially damaged. As many as 15 miners are trapped for almost a month inside the illegal coal mine filled with water. The Supreme Court is also hearing a PIL in the matter for urgent action as multi-agency effort to rescue the miners have went in vain.
Moreover, the Centre has asked the Supreme Court to believe in miracles as this is the only hope to see the miners come out alive. The court told the Centre's counsel, "There is no dispute that you are making efforts. Whether they (miners) are alive today, we do not know. Maybe somebody is alive there. You have to take them out."
According to a senior police official in Meghalaya, the flow of traffic along the national highways was affected and there were reports of stone pelting on vehicles in West Khasi Hills, East Jaintia Hills and in Ri-Bhoi districts as well.
Some groups in the Garo Hills region continued their protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by observing a black flag day across the region.