Curfew relaxed on Assam-Meghalaya border

With the situation limping back to normal in the ethnic violence-hit Assam-Meghalaya border areas, curfew was relaxed on Thursday for six hours in Resubelpara subdivision of East Garo Hills district.

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 18:57 PM IST

Shillong: With the situation limping back to
normal in the ethnic violence-hit Assam-Meghalaya border
areas, curfew was relaxed on Thursday for six hours in Resubelpara
subdivision of East Garo Hills district.

"No incident has been reported in the last two days.
Curfew has been relaxed for six hours from 10:00 am. From
tomorrow, only night curfew will be in place," Meghalaya`s
East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi told
reporters.
Refugees, he said, were returning to their villages and
one of the 18 relief camps had been closed down.

The situation in neighbouring Goalpara district in Assam
was also normal, with the administration imposing only night
curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am in four police station areas
from today, its Deputy Commissioner P K Goswami said.

Police escorts were provided to public vehicles running
in the inter-state border areas.

Civil society groups, security personnel and officials of
the administration were holding peace meetings in affected and
adjoining villages.

NGOs, however, would no longer be able to distribute
relief to the displaced people following reports of
inequitable distribution and also instances of tension being
fuelled.
Official sources said the NGO were asked to deposit
relief material with the district administration which would
check the quality and ensure equal distribution to the
affected families.

At least nine people were killed and nearly 50,000
displaced in the ethnic violence than began on January 1.

PTI