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Situation improving in riot-hit areas
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 8:
Published on 9 Jan. 2011 12:04 AM IST
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Meghalaya Home Minister H.D.R Lyngdoh Saturday said the situation in the riot-hit areas is ‘improving’, even as district authorities further relaxed curfew in the Resubelpara sub-division in East Garo Hills district.
“The situation in the entire Resubelpara sub-division is improving, but it is still tense in the (Assam-Meghalaya) border,” Lyngdoh said after reviewing security situation with state’s Home department officials and senior Meghalaya police officials.
Eight people were killed in ethnic clashes between Garo and Rabha tribals along the Assam-Meghalaya border. The violence displaced some 30,000 people who fled their homes since the New Year’s Day. He said two peace committees – joint inter-district (East Garo Hills and Goalpara) and village level – have been constituted as part of confidence building measures.
The peace committees comprised of district officials, religious and civil society group leaders from both the warring tribes.
“We are putting all efforts to restore normalcy in the riot-hit areas. An additional company of five more central paramilitary forces are expected to arrive there (Resubelpara),” the Home Minister said.
He added: One section of police personnel will be deployed in abandoned villages to prevent further burning of abandoned houses and instill confidence in the minds of the people. Supplies of essential commodities brought to the riot-hit areas and other areas in Garo Hills region under security cover, Lyngdoh said.
As many as nine oil tankers laden with petrol, diesel and kerosene and trucks laden with essential commodities were safely brought in from Assam. Both the Meghalaya and Assam governments are setting up relief camps to accommodate the displaced people in East Garo Hills and Goalpara districts of Meghalaya and Assam respectively.
Earlier in the day, authorities in Meghalaya Saturday further relaxed curfew for six hours starting 11 a.m in the Resublepara sub-division. “The situation is limping back to normalcy. Therefore, we decided to lift the curfew for another six hours to ensure people could buy essential commodities,’ East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.
He said further relaxation would be done after assessing the law and order situation.

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