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Curfew lifted in Meghalaya

Posted in May 2012

Shillong, May 31: Curfew was lifted Thursday in the plains belt area of Meghalaya in West Garo Hills district bordering Assam's Goalpara, an official said.
Curfew was imposed in Phulbari, Rajabala, Bhaitbari, Singhimari and other adjoining areas May 8 to prevent communal clashes between Garos and Muslims after some people circulated text messages with communal content.
During the following days, depending upon the improvement in the situation, relaxation was afforded for varying durations.
"Curfew has been totally lifted from the plain belt areas of the district after the situation returned to normal," West Garo Hills district Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi affirmed.
However, section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, banning unlawful assembly and the carrying of lethal weapons, would continue to be in force as a precautionary measure.


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