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Golaghat quiet for now, gets a curfew breather

Golaghat (Assam), Aug 22 (PTI) : The government on Friday relaxed for 12 hours the indefinite curfew that was imposed in Golaghat district on Thursday after a flare up in the territorial dispute between people on the Assam-Nagaland border.

A district official said the situation was “under control and improving further”.

There was no report of untoward incident on Friday from any part of the district, including Uriamghat along the Assam-Nagaland border, he said.

A strict vigil was, however, being maintained by the security forces, and the army was on standby, he said.

The district administration had agreed to relax the curfew for four hours on Thursday and, with the situation “under control and improving further”, it was decided to relax it further for 12 hours, he said.

Protests and indefinite bandh by seven organisations, agitating against the killing of nine persons by miscreants from neighbouring Nagaland and subsequent police firing in which three person were killed, was called off Thursday following a meeting with the district administration.

Security has been further tightened at Golaghat town area, Rangajan and Numaligarh areas where the protests were concentrated.

The state police was also monitoring the situation along the border with Nagaland where the Central Reserve Police Force is responsible for maintaining law and order.

Meanwhile, protests and burning of effigies of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his alleged failure to protect the lives and property of the people along the border were reported from different parts of the state, the official said.