Section 144 Imposed Along Assam- Nagaland Border

Guwahati, 7 June: Jorhat District Administration has imposed a nighttime curfew along a five-kilometer area on the Assam side of the Assam-Nagaland border.

According to the local government, certain extreme groups are attempting to enter the state illegally from the Nagaland Border in order to stir up disturbance in the Jorhat local.

”It has been made to appear to me that movement of the public in Assam – Nagaland border areas, particularly between dusk to dawn, is likely to hamper public peace and tranquility and subsequently, there is the apprehension of Law & order problem in the District,” said Jorhat District Magistrate (DM), Pulak Mahanta in an official order dated June 6, 2023.

The DM further stated that according to a report, ULFA(I) recently enlisted new volunteers in their organisation and may utilise the Assam Nagaland border areas for transportation of new volunteers as well as other purposes.

”The imposition of a prohibition order under section 144 Cr. P.C along with night cu few in the Assam Nagaland bordering area has been a long-standing practice which had played an important role in the prevention of interstate crimes and anti-national activities. It has also served as an effective deterrent against extremist activity. Criminals who are sneaking into and moving out of Jorhat district to the adjoining districts have been using the Assam Nagaland border as a transit route. They are always attempting disruptive and criminal activities in Jorhat as well as other districts of Assam via this route,” the order added.

”Therefore, I, Sri Pulak Mahanta, ACS, District Magistrate, Jorhat in exercise of powers conferred upon me under 144 Cr.P.C. and having been convinced, do hereby prohibit movement of all kinds of vehicles/persons, etc. within 5KM belt on the Assam side of Assam Nagaland border from 8.00 pm to 5.00 am and thereby impose NIGHT CURFEW from DUSK TO DAWN in the aforesaid area,” the order read.

This directive is effective immediately and shall stand until additional directives. It said that anyone who was offended by the order could approach the undersigned with precise justifications for modifying, rescinding, altering or exempting this order.

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