In view of the assembly elections and various festivals, the Gautam Budh Nagar police have extended the restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits the gathering of four or more people, until March 31, 2022, in the district. , officials said on Tuesday.
However, there have been delays given for public meetings before elections as directed by the Electoral Commission of India (ECI), officials said.
Ashutosh Dwivedi, additional deputy commissioner of police (law and order), issued an order in this regard on Monday. “This will be effective from February 1 to March 31, 2022. The district will go to the polls on February 10 and the counting of votes is scheduled for March 10. In addition, in February there are various festivals such as Vasant Panchmi, Holi, and “Shab-e-Barat. Some competitive exams are also scheduled for February and March. It is important to check for unwanted elements to ensure law and order enforcement in the district,” he said.
On December 26 last year, the Gautam Budh Nagar police had imposed sections 144 to 31 January to control the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant in the neighborhood.
On Monday, the ECI extended the ban on road shows and political rallies in all states associated with polling, including Uttar Pradesh, until February 11 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. However, the commission added some more relaxation to the restrictions. This includes increasing the upper limit of persons in physical public meetings of political parties as competing candidates to 1,000 of the current 500 or 50% of the location capacity – whichever is less.
The committee also gave permission for indoor meetings where a maximum of 500 people (instead of the existing 300 people) can attend. The ECI also increased the limit for door-to-door campaigns from 10 people to 20 people in its order.
The extra DCP said people should observe social distance and use face mask in public places. He said the traffic movement will be restricted from 10pm to 6pm, except for cars engaged in emergency services, due to enforcement of the prohibitive orders.
Kumar Ranvijay Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police, Noida, said the police teams are making elaborate arrangements to conduct the smooth elections for the assembly. “On Tuesday, police teams led by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel conducted area domination exercises in villages such as Sarfabad, Sorkha and Parthala. We are holding a strict vigil in the neighborhood,” he said.