The Cachar district administratin of India has imposed Section 144 CrPC To prevent illegal smuggling of commodities and illegal infiltration along the Bangladesh-India border.
Distrcit magistrate Keerthi Jalil said in an order issued to this effect that Section 144 has been imposed to stop extremist elements from crossing over from Bangladesh to Cachar, reports Times of India.
The order that comes into force with immediate effect and shall be in force for two months. The curfew will be implemented along 1-km of the 33-km border the district shares with the neighbouring country.
Jalli said based on the information, there was likelihood of illegal export of commodities and cattle from the district to Bangladesh through the border, includiing illegal infiltration. "If these activities are allowed to take place, they are likely to cause disturbance. An immediate way to stop these illegal activities is desirable," Jalli said on Wednesday.
The order prohibits the movement of individuals between sunset and sunrise within the one-km belt of the porous border.
It prohibits movement of persons on the river Surma and its high banks within India's territory.
The order disallows plying of boats in the Surma for fishing .Permission for fishing will, however, be given to the local people by the circle officer (Katigorah) for their personal consumption only after obtaining necessary permission from the lessees.
"Such permission has to be endorsed to the district magistrate endorsed to the district magistrate, Cachar and commandant, Ist batallion of BSF, Dholcherra," the order stated.
The order also prohobits carrying sugar, rice, wheat, edible oil, salt and other items in vehicles or any other modes of transport within 5-km belt inside the district boundary of Cachar, along the border between sunset and sunrise. However, a permit might be issued by the circle officer concerned.
The curfew, however, exempts state and central government employeees on duty in the areas.