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Meghalaya govt announces ex-gratia for victims
Correspondent SHILLONG/MENDIPATHAR, JAN 11:
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Published on 12 Jan. 2011 12:49 AM IST
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Meghalaya government Tuesday announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the ongoing ethnic conflict between Garo and Rabha tribes.
“An ex-gratia payment of Rs 3 lakh will be given to the next of kin of those killed in the ethnic clashes and bear all expenses required for treatment of the injured persons,” Chief Minister Mukul Sangma told journalists.
He also announced an amount of Rs 10,000 and CGI sheets would be also distributed to each of the displaced family.
“The situation in the affected areas has been brought under control and the government is making all efforts to rehabilitate the displaced families,” Sangma 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 and Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district were burnt down. Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced in ethnic clashes between Garos and Rabhas that sparked off on New Year’s Day.
The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee, too announced Rs Five lakh for the affected families in the ethnic violence.
Curfew remained clamped in Meghalaya’s Resubelpara sub-division, even as normalcy is limpning to normalcy. Curfew was imposed in the area on Jan 2.
“We are assessing the situation and curfew will be relaxed in phase manner accordingly,” East Garo Hills District Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya’s Director General of Police S.B Kakati Monday visited the riot-hit areas and assessed the security situation in the area.
“The situation is under control, but normalcy has not yet come back due to excessive rumours creating confusion and panic amongst the people,’ Kakati said.
In all, 14 companies of security forces are deployed in the affected area. The forces are providing round the clock security in the strife-torn area and in the relief camps.
On Monday, Meghalaya police arrested 103 people were arrested for rioting and arson in Meghalaya’s violence-hit East Garo Hills district following ethnic clashes between the two warring tribes.

 
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