Fearing of volatile law and order within the city, the Chandigarh administration has imposed Section 144 for another 60 days. Taking a lesson from the riots that occurred in Panchkula on August, Chandigarh administration has imposed Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) as a precautionary measure. The order was conveyed by the Chandigarh administration a through a press release, yesterday.
On August 25, 2017, the Dera Sacha Saudha Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was pronounced convict in the twin rape cases of his own Dera sadhvis (female followers). The Dera supporters on that day burnt and vandalized many of the personal and the government properties as resentment to the judgment.
Section 144 imposed in Chandigarh for next 60 days
The biggest reason for imposing Section 144 in Chandigarh, is that after being convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail by the special court of the CBI, the lawyers of the Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim are likely to approach the Punjab & Haryana High Court to make a fresh appeal in the same case. So, in order to not let happen the riots like the situation in Chandigarh again as occurred in Panchkula, the UT administration has imposed the section 144 for next 60 days.
What does Section 144 mean
Section 144 CrPC prohibits the assembly of more than four people at public places. Those violating it will have to face the legal punishment of rigorous jail of minimum 3 years and or fine. The UT administration has ordered the police to carefully check people and their vehicles on the roads of Chandigarh whom ever they find suspicious of being a miscreant. Carrying of any kinds of weapons, arms and ammunition, firearms, lathis, stones, spears, swords, javelins, knives, tridents, daggers or even iron rods within the Chandigarh city will be a punishable offense and will be considered as abatement of law and order in the city.
Apart from these the central forces are deployed at the some of the weaker spots in the city including hospitals, colleges, and government offices to keep a check where they had been for the past week, with the government yet to take a decision to completely send these additional forces back.
We hope that the law and order in Chandigarh will not get volatile as happened in Panchkula and the city will remain peaceful.
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