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Night curfew extended

Silchar Jan. 29: Cachar district magistrate H.K. Dev Mahanta today extended the nine-hour night curfew within a radius of 1km along the districtís 38-km border with Bangladesh for another two months.

The curfew from 8pm to 5am was imposed in November to curb illegal infiltration and check smuggling of goods across the borders. The order has been promulgated under Article 144 of the CrPC.

The district magistrate has also barred the rowing of boats on the Surma river along the border from 8pm to 5am. He has also banned the movement of cars and carts along the border to check cross-border smuggling of contrabands and essential items like rice, edible oil and sugar.

Official sources today said the order would come as a disincentive for cattle smugglers of both the countries who try to smuggle herds of cattle into Bangladesh through the porous border.

In the last two years, BSF personnel seized nearly 103 cattle along the border of Cachar and Karimganj districts.