Amidst the overnight rising cases of Covid across the country, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police have imposed Section 144 in Uttar Pradesh's Noida from March 17 to April 30. The step comes keeping in view the festive season - Holi, Shab-e-Baraat, Good Friday, Navratri, Ambedkar Jayanti, Ram Navami, Mahavir Jayanti and Hanuman Jayanti.
"During these occasions, the chances of anti-social elements attempting to disrupt law and order cannot be ruled out," Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ashutosh Dwivedi said in the order.
According to provisions of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure invoked in Noida, people will have to follow Covid-19 protocols at public places. This includes social distancing and wearing of masks in public and no unauthorised mass gatherings.
"Nobody will be allowed to hold protests, processions or hunger strikes without permission from the competent authority, nor will they encourage anyone else to do so," the order stated.
"Any violation of the restrictive orders under CrPC section 144 or any of its sub-sections mentioned would lead to the prosecution of offenders under IPC section 188," the order further warned.