Admin bans victory processions, imposes section 144

Ashis Sinha I Bokaro: Administration banned processions by victorious Vidhan Sabha candidates following a large possibility of spreading Coronavirus infection.

Deputy Commissioner Bokaro Rajesh Kumar Singh has directed concerned officials to enforce the ban strictly and issued an order.

DC directed both the Sub-Divisional Officers Chas and Bermo to ensure compliance of the said instructions by imposing Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in their respective areas and to ensure deputation of the magistrate to all the prominent places within their area for maintenance of law and order.

Both SDO’s on Monday promulgated section 144 in their respective areas and banned taking out of victory processions after the declaration of election results on 10 November.

The district authorities in a specific order stated that no person would be allowed to raise any slogan in favour, or against any person or candidate or take out any procession of vehicles.

The administration has prohibited taking out of rallies, street plays or public meetings, carrying arm or ammunition at public places and assembly of five or more persons at a place.

Counting of Bermo by-election will take place at Krishi Bazar Samiti Chas. The entry of mobile phones, flammable substances, tobacco and alcohol, including other objectionable substances, will be banned entirely at the counting center.

DC issued an order to all election agents, candidates, counting personnel, other officials and related personnel coming to the polling station. The order stated that, “In view of the impact of COVID-19 infection, all persons, personnel, police force, officials and others who will enter inside the counting center will comply with the guidelines; they must have followed a distance of 6 feet along with wearing a three-layered face mask.”

“Use of sanitizer, including face masks, will necessarily. In case of violation, action would be taken under sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act,” the order reveals.

The counting day will also be declared as a dry day. Under section 135 (c) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, 48 hours before the polling day date 03 November 2020 until the end of the vote, no alcoholic liquor or any substance of similar nature will be sold or distributed in any hotel, restaurant or shops, it said.



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