Shillong, Jan 13 (Agencies): With the situation limping back to normal in the ethnic violence-hit Assam-Meghalaya border areas, curfew was relaxed on Thursday for six hours in Resubelpara subdivision of East Garo Hills district.

"No incident has been reported in the last two days. Curfew has been relaxed for six hours from 10:00 am. From Friday, only night curfew will be in place," Meghalaya's East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.

Refugees, he said, were returning to their villages and one of the 18 relief camps had been closed down.

The situation in neighbouring Goalpara district in Assam was also normal, with the administration imposing only night curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am in four police station areas from Thursday, its Deputy Commissioner P K Goswami said.

Police escorts were provided to public vehicles running in the inter-state border areas.

Civil society groups, security personnel and officials of the administration were holding peace meetings in affected and adjoining villages.

NGOs, however, would no longer be able to distribute relief to the displaced people following reports of inequitable distribution and also instances of tension being fuelled.

Official sources said the NGO were asked to deposit relief material with the district administration which would check the quality and ensure equal distribution to the affected families.

At least nine people were killed and nearly 50,000 displaced in the ethnic violence than began on January 1.