New Delhi (NVI): In view of the upcoming festivals, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police has imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the district till April 30, as precautionary measures against COVID-19.
The police has imposed restrictions on the upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Baraat, Good Friday, Navratri, Ambedkar Jayanti, Ram Navami, Mahavir Jayanti, Hanuman Jayanti etc.
“During these occasions, the chances of anti-social elements attempting to disrupt law and order cannot be ruled out,” the order issued by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ashutosh Dwivedi read.
During the period, people will have to follow the COVID-19 protocols at public places and nobody would be allowed to roam around with sticks, rods or firearms at public places except for differently-abled and vision-impaired persons.
“Nobody will be allowed to hold protests, processions or hunger strikes without permission from the competent authority, nor will they encourage anyone else to do so,” the order said.
It added, “No firearms will be allowed inside any government or private office during the period. People who have been provided with armed security personnel by the government will ensure that their gunners stay out of offices.”
The police also reiterated the complete ban on celebratory firing at events such as weddings and consumption of liquor at public places and cautioned people against selling, playing or displaying any audio or visual, which may create tension.
Further, the order warned that, “Any violation of the restrictive orders under CrPC section 144 or any of its sub-sections mentioned would lead to prosecution of offenders under IPC section 188.”
Meanwhile, Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded seven new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday that pushed the district’s tally to 25,693.