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Guwahati curfew may be relaxed today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 13 - Curfew was relaxed for five hours in Dibrugarh till 1 pm on Friday, although it continues to remain in force in Guwahati, the epicentre of protests against the CAA, where protesters clashed with security forces defying curfew.

Curfew in Guwahati continued for the third day on Friday, but is expected to be relaxed on Saturday if no fresh incident of violence takes place.

Meanwhile, another protester on Saturday reportedly succumbed to his injuries sustained during a baton-charge by security forces in Dibrugarh, although the district administration has denied the development.

The death toll in Guwahati has been officially put at two by the police administration, even as a section of police had put the figure at three on Thursday night, which also appeared in the media. As many as 27 protesters sustained grievous injuries during a clash in Guwahati on Thursday, of which three are undergoing intensive treatment.

Several towns and cities, including Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Dhekiajuli, where protests took violent turns since Wednesday, were placed under indefinite curfew.

Night curfew was subsequently imposed in Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia and Charaideo districts. At one or two other places, curfew was relaxed for a short span of time, top Assam Police sources said, adding that the situation continues to remain tense in certain parts of the State.

�We are continuously reviewing the law-and-order situation,� a top Assam Police official said. The State administration, however, is yet to take a call on resumption of Internet services.

The situation at many places is crawling back to normalcy with no fresh incident of violence being reported from Guwahati so far. However, Army and other security forces continued to stage flag marches in various sensitive locations, including Guwahati. Two more columns of the Army have been requisitioned for Guwahati. Six columns of the Army and Assam Rifles have been requisitioned by the administrations in Morigaon, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur and Dibrugarh districts.

Although, officially, there was no relaxation of curfew in Guwahati, several retail outlets opened and people came out of their homes to lay their hands on essential items, including medicines and food items.

In order to ease the situation further, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has directed the North East Petroleum Dealers� Association to open the petrol depots.

Also for those left stranded at the LGBI airport and the Guwahati Railway Station, the Assam State Transport Corporation has introduced shuttle bus service for passengers in distress. The transport department has deployed 30 buses at the LGBI airport, official sources added.

�As many as 10 teams of the transport department are working round the clock to facilitate safe passage of the passengers, in coordination with police. Close coordination is also being maintained by the transport department with the airport and railway authorities. Nearly 300 passengers from Shillong, including 100 women, were provided safe passage under the supervision of ADGP LR Bishnoi,� sources informed.

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Guwahati curfew may be relaxed today

GUWAHATI, Dec 13 - Curfew was relaxed for five hours in Dibrugarh till 1 pm on Friday, although it continues to remain in force in Guwahati, the epicentre of protests against the CAA, where protesters clashed with security forces defying curfew.

Curfew in Guwahati continued for the third day on Friday, but is expected to be relaxed on Saturday if no fresh incident of violence takes place.

Meanwhile, another protester on Saturday reportedly succumbed to his injuries sustained during a baton-charge by security forces in Dibrugarh, although the district administration has denied the development.

The death toll in Guwahati has been officially put at two by the police administration, even as a section of police had put the figure at three on Thursday night, which also appeared in the media. As many as 27 protesters sustained grievous injuries during a clash in Guwahati on Thursday, of which three are undergoing intensive treatment.

Several towns and cities, including Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Dhekiajuli, where protests took violent turns since Wednesday, were placed under indefinite curfew.

Night curfew was subsequently imposed in Jorhat, Golaghat, Tinsukia and Charaideo districts. At one or two other places, curfew was relaxed for a short span of time, top Assam Police sources said, adding that the situation continues to remain tense in certain parts of the State.

�We are continuously reviewing the law-and-order situation,� a top Assam Police official said. The State administration, however, is yet to take a call on resumption of Internet services.

The situation at many places is crawling back to normalcy with no fresh incident of violence being reported from Guwahati so far. However, Army and other security forces continued to stage flag marches in various sensitive locations, including Guwahati. Two more columns of the Army have been requisitioned for Guwahati. Six columns of the Army and Assam Rifles have been requisitioned by the administrations in Morigaon, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur and Dibrugarh districts.

Although, officially, there was no relaxation of curfew in Guwahati, several retail outlets opened and people came out of their homes to lay their hands on essential items, including medicines and food items.

In order to ease the situation further, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has directed the North East Petroleum Dealers� Association to open the petrol depots.

Also for those left stranded at the LGBI airport and the Guwahati Railway Station, the Assam State Transport Corporation has introduced shuttle bus service for passengers in distress. The transport department has deployed 30 buses at the LGBI airport, official sources added.

�As many as 10 teams of the transport department are working round the clock to facilitate safe passage of the passengers, in coordination with police. Close coordination is also being maintained by the transport department with the airport and railway authorities. Nearly 300 passengers from Shillong, including 100 women, were provided safe passage under the supervision of ADGP LR Bishnoi,� sources informed.