Section 144 imposed in Noida till Apr 26 in view upcoming festivals, Lok Sabha elections

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Noida: The city police has imposed restrictions under CrPC section 144 across Noida and Greater Noida till April 26. The restrictions have been imposed in view of the Lok Sabha elections that will be held in Gautam Buddh Nagar on April 26, said police officials. Besides this, restrictions will also help in maintaining law and order situation during festivals like Chaitra Nav Ratri, Eid, Ambedkar Jayanti and Ramnavmi, and also during some protests planned ahead of the polls.

The Gautam Buddh Nagar Police said, “In view of all of this, the possibility of disturbance of peace by anti-social elements cannot be ruled out. In order to maintain peace in Gautam Buddh Nagar, it is necessary that any mischievous elements should be prevented from carrying out such activities which may create an unfavourable environment.”

Imposing restrictions under CrPC section 144 from April 3 to 26, Additional DCP (law and order) Hirdesh Katheriya said, “Considering the seriousness and urgency of the situation and due to paucity of time, it is not possible to provide an opportunity of hearing to any other party, hence this order is being passed ex-parte.”

Restrictions under CrPC section 144

Section 144 of CrPC bans the unlawful assembly of five or more people, processions or demonstrations (religious or political) without prior permission from concerned authorities. It also prohibits the use of private drones in a radius of 1 km of government establishments and bans people from carrying sticks, rods, tridents, swords, and firearms in public places.

“Namaz, pooja, or any type of religious processions will be completely prohibited in public places and public routes. In unavoidable circumstances, permission will have to be taken from the police commissioner, or the additional commissioner of police or deputy commissioner of police zone concerned,” the Noida Police order read.

“No person will neither try nor inspire anyone to offer puja, namaz at disputed sites where the practice is not prevalent. Apart from this, no person will insult each other’s religious scriptures. Will not put any kind of religious flags, banners, posters on religious places, walls, nor will he provide assistance to anyone in this work,” it added.

(With PTI inputs)

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