In response to the increasing number of cases of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, the Mumbai Police Department has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the city for 48 hours in order to prevent large crowds.
The Mumbai Police, citing Omicron and recent incidents of violence in Maharashtra’s Amravati, Malegaon, and Nanded, issued an order on Friday prohibiting any rally, morcha, procession, or other gathering of people or vehicles within its jurisdiction for two days on December 11 and 12.
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The move is being viewed as a precautionary measure to prevent a third wave of the Covid pandemic, as well as to maintain law and order in the state, following violent protests in some parts of Maharashtra earlier this year.
Chaitanya S, Deputy Commissioner of Police, issued the prohibition order (operations). It warns that anyone who disobeys the order will be prosecuted under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and other applicable legal provisions. “The order is hereby passed ex-parte because the notice cannot be served individually to all parties involved.” It will be published in the press for the public’s information,” it stated.
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