Night curfew for next 10 days, internet service to resume today
GUWAHATI, May 13: The situation has improved in Hailakandi district on Monday as there was no report of fresh violence in the past 24 hours. The curfew was relaxed from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday.
However, the administration will clamp night curfew for next 10 days and provide relaxation during day time after assessing the ground situation, Hailakandi deputy commissioner Keerthi Jalli told reporters on Monday. The curfew will be relaxed from 7 am to late evening on account of the examination of varsity students, she said.
Jalli said the internet services suspended following the outbreak of violence on Friday will resume on Tuesday in the entire Barak Valley. However, the administration will keep a close tab on the social media platforms, she said while urging the media persons to help the administration to prevent rumour mongering and misinformation. Jalli added 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 that 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. Hailakandi Superintendent of police Mohneesh Mishra said security forces will continue to be deployed in the district till the situation returns to normalcy.
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 here on Monday. Addressing the meeting, Jalli said certain elements are at work to create rift in society and spread misinformation and rumours in an effort to disturb peace, tranquillity and communal harmony in the district.
DC Jalli and SP Mishra said stringent action will be initiated against those involved in the violence that left one dead and several injured with damage to properties. The district administration sought support from the prominent citizens, organisations and people from all walks of life to prevent such untoward incidents from recurring and usher in lasting and durable peace in the district. The district heads of the civil and police administration also appealed to the people not to pay heed to any rumours or misleading news which might create disturbances.
Prominent citizens, principals, political leaders and organisations like Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti, Senior Citizen Forum, Bar Association and Merchant Association attended the meeting.