As the day of ballot-counting steadily approaches, measures surrounding this crucial day also makes it to the headlines. District Magistrate Cachar has published several prohibitions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for quick remedy and prevention of disruptions of the peace, turmoil in the process of counting votes and to avoid any untoward incidents, clashes and possible conflicts between groups affiliated with various political parties.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 authorises the Executive Magistrate of any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of such 'unlawful assembly' can be booked for engaging in rioting.
The decision has been made considering the presence of miscreants who indulge in criminal activities that might jeopardize/ compromise human life, property and public breach of peace on the day of counting votes which is set to take place on 2nd May at NATRIP in Udharband for all 7 constituents of Cachar.
Following the decision, the area from Lathigram to the Tri-junction area to 500 metres behind NATRIP will be the sterile zone with a restricted entry on vehicles with only valid passes and thoroughfare will be allowed with no stopping.
No hawkers or shops will be allowed in this area, no automobile will be allowed to park in this area.
Association with more than four persons from in and around the campus of NATRIP without valid passes is restricted.
Spreading rumours, endangering human life and property, breach of peace, verbal and in black and white is prohibited.
Purchase or selling of bombs and crackers, materials which can create noise effects or chemical effects, has been banned.
Carrying of weapons such as lathi, spears, dao and stick which can be the motivation of nuisance is significantly prohibited. Guns, pistols are barred with immediate effect.
No political party or organiser should use loudspeakers without permission from the District Magistrate as it affects the tranquillity, peace and also causes noise pollution.
No victory processions after the counting on 2nd may be permissible as per the ECI guidelines.
Not more than two individuals should be accompanying the winning candidate or his/her authorised representative to receive the certificate of election from the concerned returning officer.
This order has come into force with immediate effect and remains in order until further notice.