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Curfew relaxed in Hailakandi, internet services remain suspended

Press Trust of India  |  Hailakandi (Assam) 

The district administration in relaxed the indefinite curfew for three hours on Sunday, even though remained suspended in the entire

ordered relaxation in curfew in the entire district from 12 noon to 3 pm, as no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the last 24 hours.

The curfew, along with prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC, will remain in force till 7 am on Monday in order to maintain law and order in the district, Jalli said.

"The and order situation will be reviewed and a decision will be taken whether to lift the curfew after 7 am tomorrow (Monday)," another senior said.

During the three-hour relaxation of the curfew, most shops and business establishments remained closed and only private vehicles were seen on the roads.

Internet services, too, remained suspended in Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar districts of since Friday night.

"The services will resume only after assessing the situation on Monday," said an

Following the clashes on Friday, curfew was imposed initially in town from 1 pm and later extended to the entire district from 6 pm, as the authorities apprehended breach of peace and tranquility.

One person had died in police firing and at least 15 people were injured, while more than 15 vehicles were damaged and 12 shops vandalised and set on fire in some parts of the town.

The district administration has begun assessing the damages to shops and properties.

said due compensation will be given by the after assessment of the extent of damage.

To bring back normalcy and instill confidence among the people, (RAF) has been deployed in town and elsewhere.

Army and other paramilitary forces were also deployed in the district.

The government has instituted a one-man inquiry panel headed by to conduct a probe into the incident.

of Police Mohneesh Mishra said the first and foremost priority of the administration is to restore normalcy, and then identify the miscreants behind the violence.

Jalli claimed that the incident is the "handiwork of some miscreants" and not a communal flare up as "there exists unity and amity among the communities" in the district.

Trouble started when a group of people decided to hold the Friday noon prayers on the road, located at Kali Bari point of the town, in protest against some motorcycles being damaged by people belonging to another community.

Police had to disperse the protesters initially by resorting to lathicharge followed by firing in the air.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 20:51 IST
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