Sec 144 clamped in Shopian district

District Magistrate Shopian on Thursday promulgated Sec 144 in the district from May 3 for a period of one month “to maintain peace and tranquility in public life and to avoid danger to life and property”.

According to the order, no assembly or congregation shall be allowed without the prior permission of District Magistrate, Shopian, Duty Magistrates subject to prior No Objection Certificate from the concerned SP and SHOs of respective jurisdiction. Furthermore, no person other than a member of armed force, Police, Magistrate or a public servant duly authorized and on duty shall carry in public fire arms or an article capable of being used as weapon of offence.

The order further read that no person shall use loudspeaker or any other amplifying sound for making a speech or any announcement for any other purpose whether from a moving vehicles or otherwise except with prior permission of District Magistrate, Shopian.

However, the restriction imposed on movement of people, congregations, assembly of people shall not apply to holding of prayers in mosques and other places of worship or burial rites, ceremonies. In case of area notified for application of restrictions under Sec 144 Cr.P.C, the duty Magistrates should be approached in order to prevent misconception about such occasions and ceremonies by law enforcement agencies. The Senior Superintendent of police Shopian shall enforce the restrictions by making adequate deployments, wherever required, the order read.