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Indefinite curfew relaxed in silk town of Assam.

curfew relaxed in assamGuwahati: Life is back to normal in Sualkuchi, the silk town of Assam, where 7 people comprising two policemen were injured in a fight between weavers and security forces, the government said on Monday, adding it will order a judicial probe into the incident.

The indefinite curfew, which had been on in Sualkuchi since the violence Saturday, was relaxed Monday for 10 hours from 7 am to 5 pm and there are no reports of any problematic incident reported.

State Handloom and Textile Minister Pranati Phookan also told that the house that steps are being taken to protect the interest of the local weavers.

Phookan said that “We are going to have a separate trade mark for the valuable pat silk (Assam silk) produced in Sualkuchi so that the interests of the weavers of the area are protected.”

The violent clashes between a group of local weavers and the security forces after the former tried to set ablaze cloth made out of Banarasi silk, which was imported to the area from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi by some traders and wholesalers and sold in the name of Assam silk.

Police had to way out to firing after the mob went out of control and 5 people were injured during the incident.Two policemen were also injured during the mob attack.


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