HAILAKANDI, May 12 - Life was limping back to normal in trouble-torn Hailakandi with no untoward incident reported from any part of the district in the last 24 hours.
Curfew was relaxed in Hailakandi town for three hours today from 12 noon.
Very few shops, however, opened during the time even as thousands of people gathered in the markets. There was an acute shortage of essential commodities, while ATMs were also running dry. Internet services in Barak Valley, too, remained cut off for the third day today.
Rumour mills were still working overtime, which kept the situation uneasy.
Superintendent of Police, Hailakandi, P Mohneesh Mishra said that they were identifying the miscreants and arrests would be made soon. He added that it was not a communal violence but a handiwork of miscreants.
The woes of the town residents continues to mount as the PHE Department failed to supply water with the main connecting line again being damaged at Ratanpur Road by miscreants.
PHE sources said that after the day�s toil the lines were restored and ready to release water this morning but the miscreants again damaged the pipes. It demanded adequate security in the area for restoration of water.
Meanwhile, a company of Rapid Action Force (RAP) was deployed at Hailakandi town today.
There was an allegation that the shops were opened and vehicular and public movement took place at some villages despite curfew being in place.
The merchants� association of Hailakandi demanded adequate compensation against their losses incurred during the violence-hit day.