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.
- 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.