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Situation still tense along Assam-Meghalaya border

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SHILLONG, Jan 8 � Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh today said the situation was still tense along the inter-State boundary with Assam. �The situation is improving in Resubelpara sub-division, but it is still tense in the border,�.

However, trouble-torn Garo Hills is limping back to normalcy and therefore curfew period is being eased slowly, Lyngdoh said after a review meeting with senior Home department officials.

He added two peace committees from East Garo Hills and Goalpara districts have been constituted to build up confidence between the warring Garo and Rabha communities.

The committee comprise district officials, religious heads and NGO leaders from both the Garo and Rabha communities.

�All efforts are on to bring normalcy in the riot-hit areas. Five additional companies of paramilitary forces are expected to arrive in Resubelpara,� the Home Minister said.

Moreover, a section of police personnel will be deployed in abandoned villages to prevent destruction of properties and also try to instil confidence in the minds of the people.

Supplies of essential commodities are being rushed in the three districts of Garo Hills under security cover. Nine oil tankers laden with petrol, diesel and kerosene and trucks laden with essential commodities were safely brought in from Assam.

So far the ethnic clashes have claimed eight lives and displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Meanwhile, the Garo Students� Union (Khasi Hills Zone) condemning the violence urged the Centre to intervene and save innocent lives and further constitute a commission of inquiry to probe the violence.

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Situation still tense along Assam-Meghalaya border

SHILLONG, Jan 8 � Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh today said the situation was still tense along the inter-State boundary with Assam. �The situation is improving in Resubelpara sub-division, but it is still tense in the border,�.

However, trouble-torn Garo Hills is limping back to normalcy and therefore curfew period is being eased slowly, Lyngdoh said after a review meeting with senior Home department officials.

He added two peace committees from East Garo Hills and Goalpara districts have been constituted to build up confidence between the warring Garo and Rabha communities.

The committee comprise district officials, religious heads and NGO leaders from both the Garo and Rabha communities.

�All efforts are on to bring normalcy in the riot-hit areas. Five additional companies of paramilitary forces are expected to arrive in Resubelpara,� the Home Minister said.

Moreover, a section of police personnel will be deployed in abandoned villages to prevent destruction of properties and also try to instil confidence in the minds of the people.

Supplies of essential commodities are being rushed in the three districts of Garo Hills under security cover. Nine oil tankers laden with petrol, diesel and kerosene and trucks laden with essential commodities were safely brought in from Assam.

So far the ethnic clashes have claimed eight lives and displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Meanwhile, the Garo Students� Union (Khasi Hills Zone) condemning the violence urged the Centre to intervene and save innocent lives and further constitute a commission of inquiry to probe the violence.

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