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Curfew lifted in Resubelpara
Published on 20 Jan. 2011 1:49 AM IST
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Curfew was lifted in Meghalaya’s Resulbelpara sub-division Wednesday after 18 days even as life returned to normal in the riot-hit areas bordering Assam’s Goalpara district.
Amid massive security arrangements, life returned to near normalcy in the sub-division, which was rocked by ethnic violence between the Garo and the Rabha tribes that was sparked off on New Year’s Day.
“Curfew has been totally lifted from Resublepara after the situation returned to normal in the riot-hit areas,” Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said. However, the Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code banning the assembly of more than five people will continue to be in force as precautionary measures, he said.
Bakshi said eleven relief camps have been shutdown, while 4,657 internally displaced people are still taking shelter in seven relief camps.
“We are expecting the remaining internally displaced people from the worst affected areas in Assam’s Chigisim, Hudakona, Kasikagra and Chutipara would return to their home soon,” the district official said.
At least 10 people were killed and as many as 300 houses on both sides of the riot-hit areas of Assam’s Goalpara district and Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district were burnt down.
Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced in the clashes.
Joint Secretary (Northeastern States) Shambu Singh had said the ethnic clashes between the two warring tribes on the Assam-Meghalaya border were ‘very well planned and there maybe some organisations behind it.’
‘We will investigate and action will be taken against those who incited the clashes,’ Singh said.
The influential Garo Students Union asked the central government to institute a commission of inquiry to probe the conflict.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has announced compensation of Rs.3 lakh to the next of kin of those killed and Rs.10,000 each for displaced families. The government would bear all expenses for the treatment of the injured, he added.
Two peace committees - at the joint inter-district (East Garo Hills and Goalpara) and village levels - have been constituted as part of confidence building measures.
The committees have as members district officials, religious leaders and civil society groups from both the warring tribes.

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