Silchar, Aug. 18: An eight-hour night curfew has been clamped from yesterday along the Indian side of the 92km Indo-Bangladesh border, which includes the Kushiara river in Karimganj district.
Karimganj district magistrate Debeswar Malakar has imposed this curfew in an order under Section 144 CrPC to discourage attempts by Bangladeshis to cross the border.
Official sources in the district headquarters said Bangladeshis without valid travel permits have been crossing the border by boat.
Malakar has also imposed a ban on the movement of individuals between 9pm and 5am within a 100-metre radius of the Indo-Bangladesh border in Karimganj in an anti-infiltration drive.
The order said such a ban on the movement of people was to end infiltration by Bangaldeshis and militants who went to train in the neighbouring country.
Sources added that this order would help tackle gangs of smugglers in the area.
Movement of cars after 9pm within a 200-metre radius between Lakhibazar road near Karimganj town and Mahisashan border checkgate on the Indo-Bangladesh border has also been prohibited.
The district magistrate has also warned against cattle smuggling.
Last year, the BSF seized 103 heads of cattle while they were being smuggled from Karimganj into Sylhet in Bangladesh.