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Meghalaya curfew relaxed as Class XII exams begin

By STAFF correspondent

SHILLONG, March 3 - Students sat for their Class XII board examinations today without any hassles as curfew was relaxed from 6 am in the State capital. However, curfew was reimposed from 9 pm, which would continue till 6 am tomorrow.

The board examinations began on Monday as the State Education Department decided to go ahead with the examinations despite the unrest in the Khasi Hills, as rescheduling them could have affected the students.

The Class X board examinations will also get under way from Wednesday. Around 80,000 students will sit for the examinations.

Earlier, the district administration of East Khasi Hills passed an order that the admit cards of students would serve as curfew passes, if required. Two persons could accompany the student with the admit card. However, the order was rendered redundant as curfew was relaxed for conduct of the examinations today.

Meanwhile, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the Khasi Hills for the second day today since violence broke out on Friday last following the death of a Khasi Students� Union member at Ichamati village in East Khasi Hills in an alleged attack. Altogether three persons died and several others were injured in the aftermath of the attack.

Although the East Khasi Hills district administration relaxed the curfew, few shops operated in the busy Police Bazaar area here, as fear prevailed among the business community.

Throughout the State capital, there was heavy deployment of security forces. Lesser number of vehicles plied on the streets.

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