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Curbs under Sec 144 in multiple GH dists


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TURA, April 16: In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, separate orders under Section 144 CrPC have been promulgated by the district administrations in multiple districts in the Garo Hills region.
In West Garo Hills, the District Magistrate promulgated an order under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting roadside parking of vehicles in violation of ‘No Parking’ rules, parking on both sides of the road, or remain parked without a driver for a period of 10 minutes or more in ‘No Parking Zones’ at important junctions and main roads of the district.
In order to prevent traffic congestion and potential incidents during the period of movement of Polling Personnel, Sector Officers and Zonal Magistrates, all types of heavy vehicles plying within West Garo Hills District have to be stopped from 5:00 AM of 17th April, 2024 to 5:00 AM of 20th April, 2024.
Further, ongoing works such as the laying of Pipes and OFC Cables along the roadsides by the PWD (Roads) and PHE are to be temporarily stopped from April 17 to April 20 to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on election duty and to avoid disruptions in internet service during the elections.
The Order also prohibited roadside parking of heavy commercial vehicles and broken down vehicles in the district are to be removed immediately and to be parked in the open space.
Meanwhile, the district magistrate in South West Garo Hills has also issued an order under section 144 CrPC to be effective from April 17, certain restrictions which will be put in place.
As per the order, individuals are prohibited from convening, holding, attending, joining, or addressing any public meeting or procession related to the election. Political functionaries, party workers, and campaign personnel brought from outside the constituency, who are not voters of the constituency, must leave immediately after the campaign period ends. Exceptions apply to office-bearers of political parties in charge of state headquarters during general election to the Lok Sabha, the order added.  Other restrictions include bar on outsiders being accommodated at Kalyan Mandapams, community halls etc, prohibition on loundspeakers during the 48 hour period leading up to the closing of polls, ban on exit polls during polling and publication of results of any opinion polls.


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