Following a spurt in infiltration bids by militants ahead of winter, authorities have imposed night curfew in areas close to the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The orders to this effect were issued by District Magistrate of Kupwara Mohammad Shafi Rather last evening as the security agencies do not want any collateral damage while dealing with the militants, who have increased attempts to infiltrate into the valley.

A youth was killed in Bandipora district earlier this week as he was mistaken for a militant by the army during an ambush.

“There would be no movement (of civilians) in the areas falling within four km of border belts from 8 pm to 6 am,” the order issued by the District Magistrate said.

According to the order, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPc was extended in the rest of the district for the next 60 days till November seven.

“There would be not any kind of movement without formal permission from 8 pm to 6 am in the district. However, essential services like medical, electric, public health engineering (PHE), fire and emergency and security forces and staff along with their vehicles would be allowed to do their work,” the order said.