SILCHAR, March 31: In view of the reports that extremist elements are likely to cross over to Cachar from Bangladesh with a view to creating law and order problem in the district and also the possibility of illegal export of commodities as well as cattle from this side of the border to that side and illegal infiltration from across the border, the District Magistrate of Cachar, S Viswathan, IAS, in exercise of his powers under Section 144 CrPC, has promulgated restrictions on the movement of men and materials.
The order said no person shall move dusk to dawn within a belt of 1 km of Indo–Bangladesh border and no person shall move on the river Surma and its high banks within the limit of the territory in actual control of India in the district of Cachar during the aforesaid period. No person, the order further says, shall ply boat in the river Surma. Permission for fishing may be given to the local people by the circle officer of Katigorah for their persol consumption after obtaining permission from the lessee as per terms and conditions of the lease. Copy of such permission should be endorsed by the District Magistrate, Cachar, and Commandant, 131 Bn BSF Dholcherra. The restriction is also imposed on the movement of any handcart or rickshaw or any mode of transport along the border areas. Nor any transportation of essential commodities for consumption or any other items of goods is allowed. This order however shall not be applicable in the case of central and state government employees. This order shall remain in force for two months from this date.