Ethnic violence: Over 12,500 return homes in Assam and Meghalaya
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 13:25
Shillong: About 12,500 people have returned to their villages after having spent over a week in relief camps set up in the wake of ethnic violence in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya and Goalpara district of Assam.

Lists of the refugees were exchanged at a meeting between the officials of both the districts at Goalpara last evening, official sources said on Tuesday.

East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Pravin Bakshi said while 6,000 people had returned to their homes in Meghalaya, 6,500 others to their villages in Assam.

"Some of the remaining were reluctant to go back. There is a sense of insecurity and uncertainty. We have stressed on more confidence building measures," he said.

As part of the measures, a team from East Garo Hills led by it DC will visit the relief camps at Goalpara today and interact with the people to instill confidence among the refugees.

The Goalpara administration will also initiate a similar exercise later.

Meanwhile, joint patrolling was being carried out in the sensitive places along the border areas to prevent any untoward incident.

The East Garo Hills administration also asked their Goalpara counterpart to share information about any agitational programmes called by the Rabha groups.

One company of Meghalaya Police has been withdrawn from East Garo Hills, while the additional paramilitary troops deployed in the violence hit areas will remain there for some time.

Night curfew will also remain in force till absolute normalcy, officials said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 13:25

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