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Coronavirus | Delhi police ban gatherings, protests till March 31

A deserted Signature Bridge during the Janta Curfew in New Delhi on Sunday, March 22, 2020

A deserted Signature Bridge during the Janta Curfew in New Delhi on Sunday, March 22, 2020   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

The order will come into effect from 9 p.m. on March 22 will remain valid up to 12 midnight on March 31

The Delhi police on Sunday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the national capital till March 31 in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, banning protests and other gatherings.

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code bans assembly of four or more people in one place.

The order issued by Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava came into effect from 9 pm on March 22 and would remain in force till March 31.

The order copy issued by Mr. Shrivastava reads that “it has become necessary to take all required precautionary steps to mitigate the possible detrimental effects of the spread of COVID-19 for public health, public safety and public order. Therefore, in exercise of the power conferred upon me Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed all over the city.”

The order copy reads that assembly of any kind for demonstration, procession, protest etc. is prohibited. Any gathering — social, cultural, political, religious, academic, sports, seminar and conference — is prohibited.

Weekly markets (except vegetables, fruits and essential commodities), concerts, exhibitions, etc have been banned. So are guided group tours conducted by various private tour operators.

“Any individual suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 shall take measures for prevention or treatment that is home quarantine, institution quarantine, isolation or any such person shall cooperate to render assistance or comply with the directions of the surveillance personnel,” Mr. Shrivastava said in the order.

Any person contravening prohibitory orders shall be punishable under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC, the order said.

Delhi has reported 27 cases so far, according to the Union Health Ministry.

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