Section 144

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News:Maharashtra Police has imposed section 144 in Aarey Colony banning unlawful assembly following strong protests by activists against the felling of trees in the green zone for a Metro car shed.

Facts:

Section 144:

  • Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is imposed when there are apprehensions of breach of public peace and order by some people.
  • It bars the assembly of five or more people in an area where it has been imposed.The notification is issued by the District Magistrate of the area.
  • Under the section,all civilians are barred from carrying of weapons including lathis, in public places except for police or paramilitary or security forces.
  • It also empowers the authorities to block internet access.No order under this section can remain in force for more than two months. 
  • However,if the state government considers it necessary for preventing danger to human life or for preventing a riot, it can extend the impositions under the sections for not more than six months from the date of issuance of the initial order.
  • It must be noted that Section 144 CrPC is not equivalent to a curfew. Curfew orders are issued in more severe situations where people are instructed to stay indoors for a specific time or period.