Article 144 invoked along Sivasagar to prevent ‘anti-social activities’

In order to prevent anti-social activity, the district administration of Sivasagar region in Assam invoked Section 144 of the CrPC and imposed a night curfew along the Assam-Nagaland border; informed the statement of the district administration on Friday.

The restrictions will be in effect for the next 60 days or until further notice; and the circulation of any motor vehicle will be prohibited within a radius of 5 km from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. along the border.

According to ANI report, gatherings of five or more people in public places, meetings, processions, gatherings of a group of individuals or organizations, affixing any kind of posters, banners on any wall, governmental, semi-governmental or deprived of residence, and writing Obscene or derogatory remarks and slogans are strictly prohibited during this period.

The district administration has also banned rear riding on two-wheelers, citing the risk of anti-social and extremist activities, as well as shootings, murders, kidnappings and extortion.

The ban does not apply to people over 60, children under 12, women, government employees or police officers.

Meanwhile, the administration also banned the production and sale of plastic carrier bags that are under 50 microns. The sale of tobacco products has also been banned throughout the district.

Joel C. Hicks