Curfew restrictions were relaxed for ten hours on Monday in the silk town of Sualkuchi, where it was imposed following Saturday’s violent protests against synthetic silk.

The curfew was relaxed from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm by the district administration as the situation was limping back to normal and because of the Higher Secondary examinations, official sources said.

The restrictions had also been relaxed for three hours on Sunday.

The Army was present in the town but did not conduct flag marches as the situation was calm, though the police and paramilitary forces were on patrol, the sources said.

Under Section 144 of the CrPC, Deputy Commissioner S K Roy prohibited the sale of Assamese attires made of genuine Assam Silk and imported Benarasi silk in the same shop from Monday in the district.

The silk clothes would have to be sold in separate shops with signboards clearly stating which variety was being stocked.

For protection of the local silk industry, the administration would also search for artificial silk clothes.

The process for trade-marking the Sualkuchi silk would also be initiated, they added.

The influential All Assam Students Union staged a demonstration demanding protection of the indigenous silk industry and extension of the ban on sale of Benarasi silk as Sualkuchi silk to the entire state.