Section 144 Imposed In Assam’s Hailakandi, Prayer Outside Demarcated Area Restricted

Hailakandi, May 16

The Hailakandi district administration on May 16th, 2019 promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 with immediate effect keeping in view the possible attempts by miscreants or groups or organizations to create unrest by striving to whip up the religious sentiments.

In an order issued on May 16th, 2019 (Thursday), the district magistrate Keerthi Jalli said, “Section 144 has been promulgated with immediate effect as the administration has got reports that certain anti-social elements, groups and organizations with vested interests are trying to flare-up religious sentiments through various means to disturb peace and tranquillity in the district.”

The order strictly prohibits the offering of prayer outside the demarcated boundary of mosques, temples, churches, namghars and mazhars, on roads and in any public places that may create inconvenience to the general public and obstruct the movement of traffic.

The order further stated that any violation of the order will result in prosecution as per provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The order will remain in force under further order.

It may be mentioned that a communal clash between two particular community hit Hailakandi on May 10th, 2019 which left a number of vehicles damaged. Police had to resort to lathi charge and also had to fire a few rounds of blank fire to disperse the crowd and bring the situation under control. Around 20 persons including three police constables were injured in the mob violence. The mob also vandalised some shops and motorbikes.