The Jammu and Kashmir government imposed
restrictions in Srinagar and some other districts under Section 144 CrPC.
Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure
(CrPC) is issued in urgent cases of security threat or riot. 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.
Section 144 of CrPc is imposed when there are
apprehensions of breach of public peace and order by some people.
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
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.