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LS Poll-2024: Section 144 CrPc imposed across Bla PC

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Srinagar: In view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency, authorities on Saturday imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPC, which will remain applicable till 21st of May.

The restrictions are imposed to ensure free and fair elections, officials said.

The restrictions will remain applicable across the Baramulla Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency, including Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts besides, few Budgam assembly segments.

The restrictions as per the top administrative official is essential to conduct the general election in free and fair manner and to maintain public peace, order and tranquillity as per the provisions of law and Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

‘There is possibility or political dispute, confrontation, violence and breach of peace during poll which may result in public nuisance and law and order problems, which can cause damage to human life and property.

“During the period, there shall be complete ban on holding of public meetings, gathering of 5 or more persons, use of loudspeakers. Failure to comply the order shall be liable for necessary action under section 188 of IPC, 1860 and other relevant provisions of law in force,” an official said.

However, there are some exemptions which includes those of public servants on duty and to bonafide marriage or funeral processions or any other such function, Police and paramilitary, centre armed police and military or any other government employees on official duty besides, door to door campaigning by the candidates/political parties, the official added.

Notably, Baramulla parliamentary constituency is going for polls on May 20 (Monday), with 22 candidates in fray including NC’s Omar Abdullah, PC’s Sajad Gani Lone, PDP’s Mir Fayaz Ahmed and AIP’s Er Rasheed besides others. (KNO)


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