Ethnic violence: Over 12,500 return homes in Assam and Meghalaya

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One company of Meghalaya Police has been withdrawn from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.

PTI



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

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