Dusk to dawn curfew in Jammu border villages

May 13th, 2008 - 10:26 pm ICT by admin  

Jammu, May 13 (IANS) A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed on all villages along the 187-km India-Pakistan international border in the Jammu region to check infiltration following gun battles with militants over the past two days in which nine people were killed. Jammu Deputy Inspector General of Police Farooq Khan told newspersons Tuesday that the cooperation of villagers has been sought in the matter. The police and villagers have mounted joint patrolling in the villages where wild bushes and jungles and ravines pose a challenge in checking intrusion from across the border.

Farooq Khan said curfew had been imposed as it would help in restricting the movement of villagers along the border and the security forces would be able to identify the non-residents, especially terrorists or intruders from across the border.

Meanwhile, the Border Security Force, facing flak after its claim that last Thursday night’s infiltration bid was successfully thwarted and the intruders had retreated to Pakistan territory, would be facing an internal investigation.

A team headed by BSF Director General A.K. Mitra is expected to visit Jammu to assess the situation.

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