Hailakandi curfew relaxed; banks, markets, schools, govt offices open

The communal conflict that preceded the death of a Muslim man saw 15 persons including three police constables injured in the flare-up in southern Assam's Hailakandi

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Hailakandi, Assam: On Tuesday, the curfew was relaxed from seven in the morning to midnight on Tuesday due to the improvement in the situation in the communally tense district of Hailakandi, Assam.

According to the official order issued by deputy commissioner Kirti Jalli here, the curfew will continue for eight to 10 days in the night.

Curfew in Hailakandi
The curfew order

Officials said that banks, markets, educational institutions and government offices were open and public and private vehicles were seen in the streets during the relaxation of curfew.

Internet service had been stopped on Friday after an incident, which was restored on Tuesday morning. A young Jasim Hussain had succumbed to his injuries sustained from police firing on Friday evening at the Silchar Medical College Hospital (SMCH).

The communal conflict that preceded the death saw 15 persons including three police constables injured. Nine others, who were critically injured in the clash, are still being receiving treatment at the SMCH.

The hospital superintendent said, “Ten people with bullet injuries were brought in. One of them succumbed to his injuries. Some of the others who have bullet wounds have been hit in the upper part of their bodies, below the neck while others have been hit on the legs.”

The person who died had a bullet injury in his abdomen.

The riot followed some miscreants damaging the leather seats of the motorcycles of youths who were offering namaz at a mosque in Hailakandi a few days ago.

Other than the curfew in Hailakandi, police alert was issued in Cachar and Karimganj districts in the Barak valley. “We have sounded an alert in Cachar and Karimganj districts so that violence cannot spread to the neighbouring districts following the incident in Hailakandi,” said a police officer.

In the letter addressed to the people on Tuesday, the deputy commissioner said that there is a need to maintain peace and communal harmony at present as the district is passing through difficult phase. He said he knew people were having trouble during the curfew. He promised them that this was a temporary measure and that the step had been taken to rein in anti-social elements.