The Jaipur administration has imposed section 144 in the city for a month starting from today. The decision has been taken in the wake of the Karauli riot that injured at least 35 people during a religious procession.
The order has restrained any mass gathering, protests, assemblies and processions without prior permission in the entire rural and urban area. Any offensive sloganeering and singing or rally of similar activities will strictly be restricted.
According to the Jaipur District Collector Anand Kumar Srivastava, “Given the mass gatherings, assemblies, processions, and protests being held without approval, there are chances of the disruption of law and order and traffic congestion. This may also lead to uncertainties of breaching public peace and adversely disrupting social unity. In such a situation, immediate preventive action is crucial to maintain social unity and public peace.”
Earlier the Rajasthan government had issued new protocols in the context of rallies and DJ music. The state home department had requested organizers to issue details of the contents that will be played on DJs, loudspeakers in processions and rallies.
These are the prohibitory orders issued:
- The gathering of the populace, riots, assemblies and processions is not permitted. Organising any such mass meeting, uprisings, assemblies and convoys should only be carried out with prior approval of Police authorities while obeying the required conditions.
- Any person shall not be found having any arms or weapon in a public place. The order is debarred for Police personnel, home guards, military, and persons of central government with a license to carry weapons on duty.
- No person or his group or representative shall use a DJ for any kind of religious or other function without consent. The use of loudspeakers in all public and religious places stays restricted to curb noise pollution. Prior approval will be mandated to carry out the same allowed from 6 am to 10 pm.
- Any group, organisation or individual must not encourage any material or content through social media; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, likely to hurt social, cultural or religious sentiments or incite communal violence.
Moreover, the orders will not comply with gatherings at wedding functions and funerals. If a person is found breaching the above restrictions, strict action would be taken against them. The person may be prosecuted under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
The order remains in force from 9 April 2022, till midnight May 9, 2022.