Amid the resurgence of the novel coronavirus in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government have opted to impose section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) till April 30 as a precautionary measure in Noida and till May 10 in Ghaziabad.
This measures are being taken while keeping in mind the upcoming festivals which includes Holi, Ram Navami, Ambedkar Jayanti, Good Friday and Navratri.
During this period, individuals are unauthorised from organising any public protests and action will be taken against those not following COVID-19 norms. Under Section 144 of the CrPC, it prohibits the assembly of five or more people in public.
“During these occasions, the chances of anti-social elements attempting to disrupt law and order cannot be ruled out. People will have to follow the COVID-19 protocols at public places,” read the order.
It further added that no one will be allowed to roam around with rods, firearms and sticks at public places except for differently-abled and vision-impaired individuals.
“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 stated.
“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,” it added.
This order also prohibited all celebratory firing at events such as weddings and any consumption of liquor at public places during the time.
Meanwhile, section 144 will be in action in UP’s Ghaziabad till the midnight of May 10.
India on Wednesday (March 17) reported 28,903 new COVID cases according to the statistics from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The new cases reported are 4,411 more COVID-19 cases, reported just a day earlier. The Ministry also added that 17,741 people recovered and 188 people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours. A total of 22,92,49,784 samples were tested till March 16, 2021, since the start of the pandemic with 9,69,021 samples being tested on Tuesday alone.