Staff Correspondent

Dakshina Kannada is first district in State to bring out such a regulation

MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada has become the first district in the State to bring out a draft notification to regulate public gatherings.

The district administration has invited objections and suggestions from people and organisations to "The Regulation of Public Gatherings (Dakshina Kannada District) Order," published in the State Gazette dated March 22, 2007. The objections and suggestions should be given to the authorities before April 22.

Senior Superintendent of Police B. Dayananda told presspersons here on Wednesday that a large number of public meetings and processions were being held in the district.

Most such events were leading to law and order problems, besides causing traffic jams and hampering normal day-to-day activities, he said.

The Deputy Commissioner, who is also the District Magistrate, has issued the order based on a report submitted to him by Mr. Dayananda. The order would extend to the entire revenue district, Mr. Dayananda said, adding that it would make it mandatory for people or organisations to obtain permission to hold a public gathering.

The person seeking permission should apply in the prescribed format at least three days before the date of the proposed public gathering. The organisers would be informed in writing at least 24 hours prior to holding the proposed public gathering, he said.

Observing that police would have no power to ban the proposed public gathering, Mr. Dayananda said it would be the exclusive purview of the District Magistrate to do so after considering related facts.

The order would exempt public gatherings such as sports meet, traditional cultural events, wedding processions, funeral processions having no bearing on public order, route marches and parades of armed forces, and government events.

An important aspect of the order was that the applicant should give an undertaking that the public gathering would be peaceful and that owners of any property could indemnify the applicant for loss or damage arising out of the public gathering, he said.