Authorities mull lifting curfew in W Garo hills
Curfew was clamped in Phulbari, Rajabala, Bhaitbari, Singhimari and adjoining areas after text messages were sent out inciting communal violence.
Shillong: Authorities in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya are considering lifting of the curfew imposed in the plain areas after the situation was fast returning to normal, officials said on Saturday.
Curfew was clamped on May 8 in Phulbari, Rajabala, Bhaitbari, Singhimari and adjoining areas bordering Assam’s Dhubri district after communal text messages were sent out inciting communal violence.
While the curfew was relaxed during the day from 6 am to 7 pm in view of the improved law and order situation at present, officials said night curfew was still in force.
"We are meeting next week to review the situation before curfew can be lifted from the affected areas," West Garo Hills district Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi told a news agency.
He said the situation in curfew-bound areas was completely normal and the curfew could be lifted within two to three days.
The police have picked up trouble-mongers even as the district authorities have issued advisories to all political leaders, legislators and MPs to stay away from the curfew-bound areas.