Guwahati, May 13 : With normalcy returning to Hailakandi district in southern Assam, curfew was relaxed for six hours today, while internet services in entire southern Assam will be resumed tomorrow.
Official sources from Hailakandi said here that curfew was relaxed from 0900 hours to 1500 hours today. The situation will be evaluated tomorrow morning and curfew would be relaxed further depending on the situation. Night curfew will be in force in the district for at least another 10 days, the sources added. Internet services, which had been suspended in all three southern Assam districts since tension broke out in Hailakandi town on May 10 last, will be reopened tomorrow.
Meanwhile, with a view to maintain peace and communal harmony, the Hailakandi district administration held discussions with senior citizens, political leaders and organisations at DC's conference hall.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli, in presence of Superintendent of Police Mohneesh Mishra and other senior officials, said certain elements are at work to create a rift in society and spread misinformation and rumours in an effort to disturb peace, tranquillity and communal harmony in the district.
Jalli and Mishra said stringent action will be initiated against those involved in the violence that left one dead and several injured with damage to properties.
“Miscreants do not belong to any caste or community and their activities have to be put down with an iron hand. The people of Hailakandi have been maintaining peace, communal harmony and brotherhood and will continue doing so come what may,” said Jalli.
Earlier, Jalli and Mishra interacted with the media persons to apprise them about the developments on the law and order front and the slew of initiatives taken by the administration to instil confidence among the people and to bring back peace in the district.
Jalli said a report will be soon sent to the Government on the extent of damage to properties caused by the violence for necessary compensation. The Deputy Commissioner said the administration will ensure there is no shortage of essential commodities and it will take steps to prevent prices from soaring.
Jalli further said the banking sector will function normally once the internet services resumed on Tuesday.
Curfew was imposed in Hailakandi district after a clash had broken out between two factions in front of a mosque on May 10 last, in which one person was killed. (UNI)