NIGHTTIME MOVEMENT RESTRICTED, SMUGGLING CRACKDOWN ORDERED
Khliehriat, February 06 : In response to concerns about smuggling activities and potential security threats, the District Magistrate of East Jaintia Hills has issued a prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC, effective immediately. This order aims to strengthen border security and maintain peace and tranquility in the district.
The key restrictions are Movement across the international border with Bangladesh is strictly prohibited, both for crossing into Bangladesh and entering Indian territory without proper authorization. The order specifically targets illegal activities like smuggling of cattle, contraband goods, and other items like betel nut, dry fish, and cigarettes. Movement of individuals and vehicles within 5 kilometers of the border belt is restricted between 6:00 PM and 5:00 AM. This restriction applies to both pedestrians and those traveling by vehicles or carriages.
The order cites several reasons for implementing these restrictions, including:
Increased reports of smuggling activities near the border, particularly during nighttime hours.
Concerns about potential infiltration by terrorist groups and Rohingyas.
A recent murder of an Indian citizen by Bangladeshi nationals crossing the border.