Night curfew along Indo-Bangladesh border ahead of general elections

March 21st, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Bhagalpur, Mar 21 (ANI): Indian authorities have imposed night curfew along the borders with Bangladesh in Tripura and stepped up security in view of the upcoming general elections.
The vigil along the border has been stepped up to check movement of the militants and infiltration.
Night curfew has been promulgated within the radius of one-kilometer, besides banning fishing during night, movement of non-government vehicles, rickshaws and handcarts.
Authorities in two districts of the state have also banned carrying of any weapons by the locals including bamboo sticks.
The state government will specifically issue special instructions to the Border Security Force to completely seal the border on the eve of the general elections and that sealing will continue till the entire poll process is over, said K. Ambuli, District Magistrate, West Tripura District.
The BSF is on an all time alert as the personnel keep a strict vigil along the borders.
Our jawans are patrolling the border round the clock. We lay ambushes, we patrol the border even during night time. And this much I can say that all 24-hours there are presence of border security force jawans at the border. We do not leave the border any time, said A.K Singh, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), BSF, Tripura Frontier.
The BSF apprehended 42 Indian and 24 Bangladeshi nationals during past one month for illegally crossing the border and also seized weapons from their possession.
Indian authorities are also stepping up security for political leaders, fearing possible militant attacks as the general election approaches. (ANI)

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