Curfew in violence- hit Hailakandi district of Assam was relaxed on Tuesday from 7 a.m. till midnight following improvement in the situation, an official order by the Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli, said here.
Night curfew, however, will remain in force for eight to 10 days.
Banks, markets, educational institutions and government offices remained open and public and private vehicles were seen plying on the roads during the relaxation period, officials added.
Internet service, which was suspended since Friday night following the unrest on that day, resumed on Tuesday morning.
In a letter addressed to the people, the Deputy Commissioner said “the need of the hour is to maintain peace and communal harmony as the district is going through a difficult phase”.
“I am aware that imposition of curfew has caused inconvenience to you. I promise you that it is a temporary measure and done to act as a deterrent to the anti-social elements,” she said. Urging people not to be swayed by emotions and not to believe all that is being circulated on social media, Ms. Jalli said, “I appeal to everyone to cross-check and verify the information with the district administration.”
One person was killed in police firing and 15 were injured in communal violence in Hailakandi on Friday.
The Assam government has instituted a one-man inquiry panel headed by Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar Bora to conduct a probe into the incident.