Shillong, Jan 05 (Agencies): On Wednesday authorities relaxed curfew for three hours in Mendipathar in Meghalaya's East Garo district which witnessed ethnic violence.
 
Curfew was imposed in Mendnipathar and in adjoining areas bordering Assam's Goalpara district on Monday night after clashes took place between the Garo and Rabha tribals.

However, the police gave relaxation in the curfew which began at 2PM, District Deputy Commissioner Pravin  Bakshi told.

On Tuesday, the Border Security Force (BSF) staged a flag march in the troubled areas while the army kept standby.

Meanwhile officials and civil society groups including the powerful Garo Students Union met Goalpara district officials and the All Rabha Students Union in order to settle differences among tribal communities.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma,who visited the affected areas has appealed to the warring tribes to maintain peace.

"I have assessed the law and order situation and instructed district authorities to restore normalcy and maintain a strict vigil to ensure that there is no further escalation of violence),"

More than 2,000 Rabha families have been displaced after more than 200 houses were allegedly torched by Garo tribals in retaliation of recent attacks on Garos by Rabha youths.