Ban orders imposed in Imphal West in anticipation of ILP and AFSPA troubles

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IMPHAL, August 28: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC, has been imposed in the entire Imphal West District.

The District Magistrate, Imphal West K. Radhakumar Singh, in a notification said in exercise of the powers conferred under Sub-Section 2 of Section 144 Cr.P.c. the district administration has prohibited assembly of five or more persons which is likely to turn unlawful in the whole area of Imphal West.

According to a release of the DIPR, the District Police has reported that in all likelihood of causing serious breach of peace, disturbances to public tranquillity and grave danger to human lives and properties in the whole area of Imphal West on account of the unlawful activities of some anti-social elements for furtherance of the their evil designs.

The release said the ban order is also in anticipation that the ongoing agitation demanding Inner Line Permit System and removal of AFSPA from this State by some organizations may result in serious breaches of peace, disturbances to public tranquillity and danger to human lives and properties.

It further stated that it has become expedient to issue prohibitory orders for prevention of breaches of peace, disturbances to public tranquillity and danger to human lives and properties and to prevent riot or affray, and therefore carrying sticks, stones, firearms and weapons of any other description or objects which can be used as offensive weapons has been prohibited within the said area from 6 P.M. of 27th August, 2014 until further orders.

This order is passed ex-parte under Sub-Section 2 of Section 144 Cr.P.c. and is directed to the public in general if there is emergency and circumstances do not permit the serving of a notice upon the public in due time, it said.

However, the order is not applicable to the agencies of the Government involved in the enforcement of law and order and the maintenance of essential services, it added.

Persons who want to take out processions for marriages, funeral and religious purposes etc. within the scheduled area may apply to the District Magistrate for permission and they shall not take out procession until the permission is obtained by them, it said.

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