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Day curfew relaxed in Assam-Meghalaya border areas

PTI  Shillong, January 14, 2011
First Published: 21:48 IST(14/1/2011) | Last Updated: 21:50 IST(14/1/2011)

Day curfew was lifted from the ethnic violence hit areas of Meghalaya on Friday, as strife affected refugees started returning to their homes.

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East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said only night curfew will be in force from Friday in Meghalaya's Resubelpara subdivision till complete normalcy is attained.

Some 5,000 refugees have already left for their homes from the relief camps since Thursday. "We have closed down four of the 18 relief camps. People are going on their own," he said.

In the adjoining Goalpara district of Assam, night curfew has been in place since Thursday.

No incident of violence has been reported in the last three days.

The process of reconciliation has started in the affected areas, with community leaders, NGOs and administration officials holding meetings in the villages to regain the confidence of the people, officials said. Security escorts have been provided to vehicles, especially those carrying essential commodities plying along the border areas.

Administrations of both the adjoining districts are in touch to ensure security and prevent any further incident, the officials said.


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