'Situation in Assam and Tripura is back to normal. Law and order situation in both the states has improved. Indian Army and Assam Rifles contingents deployed in these states will be withdrawn, said a senior government officer.
After 12-days shutdown, schools in Assam's 11 districts re-opened on Monday as the normalcy returned after two-weeks of violent protests against the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), officials said.
'I and my government respect all the protesters including students, activists and media personalities who are agitating against the Citizenship law, but we do not support the violence being committed in the name of protest.'
Curfew was relaxed for 16 hours in two police station areas in Meghalaya's capital Shillong on Friday while the mobile internet services continued to remain suspended for the past ten days, officials said.
Sonowal's remarks come after mobile Internet services was restored across Assam, after t was suspended on December 11 amid the violent protests that broke out in the state, especially in Guwahati city.
Various student organisations in the Northeastern states on Thursday extended their support to the agitations by the students being held across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The administration here on Tuesday lifted curfew and restored the broadband internet services in the state capital as the situation improved in Assam, which was on the boil over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
He said that Agartala-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express and Agartala-Bangalore Humsafar Express would also remain cancelled on December 17 as both the express trains pass through West Bengal.
Jindal said that other airports in Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Teju, Tezpur (all in Assam), Agartala (Tripura), Imphal (Manipur), Dimapur (Nagaland) and Lengpui (Mizoram) were also operating normally.
As the curfews were relaxed, long queues were seen outside shops at several places, including Dispur, Uzan Bazar, Chandmari, Silpukhuri and Zoo Road in Guwahati town. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws were plying across the city.
The Assam and Tripura governments have increased security at the Bangladesh Assistant High Commissions here in view of the stir against the amended citizenship law, officials said on Saturday.
On Thursday, thousands of people defied the curfew and took to the streets as the raging agitation saw the house of an MLA and a Circle Officer set ablaze, while the government removed two key police officers.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma met Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday late night to implement inner line permit (ILP) in the state.
The official said the passing out parade of the last batch of trained police personnel is also postponed. 'We would fix up the new schedule in consultation with the Union Home Ministry,' said the official.
There were no reports of further violence from Guwahati where cultural personalities and civil society members were on fast for 10 hours following a call given by the All Assam Students Union, which is leading the protests.
Several others were said to have been injured during the protests which intensified after the controversial legislation was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, two days after it got through the Lok Sabha.
The Northeast Frontier Railway, which operates trains in some parts of Bihar and West Bengal besides entire northeastern region, either cancelled or rescheduled many trains including Humsafar Express and Kanchanjunga Express.
He sustained serious head injuries in a mysterious accident on the night of November 22 at Rupnagar locality of the city. Naresh (46) left behind his wife, a minor daughter, and many relatives.
Shah, while replying to the debate on the Bill, said that there is no political agenda behind this Bill but it is only a Constitutional process to give citizenship to those were denied basic civil rights for the last 70 years.
'I have not seen the content of the bill. We will see the copy of the bill that has come out now on how those issues and the concerns that we had expressed are being addressed,' Sangma told journalists.
Both the paper mills which were making profits in the past have been lying closed for several years due to financial mismanagement, forcing some of its employees to commit suicide due to economic crisis and joblessness.
There has been an increase in number of injectable drugs' users, which has pushed the HIV prevalence rate up in the northeastern states that is also a oft-used corridor for drug smuggling from Myanmar.
Most regional and local parties from the northeastern states would attend the consultative meeting called by Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the proposed amendment in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
Political parties, students and youth organisations besides numerous civil society bodies in the northeastern region are ready to intensify their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).