Noida Under Lockdown till January 31: No Protest, No Private Drones Allowed


The Uttar Pradesh police imposed CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) Section 144 in Gautam Buddh Nagar district on Friday (January 22, 2021) till January 31.

This decision was taken due to the security reasons for the Republic Day celebrations. According to this order, no one is allowed to protest without permission, flying personal drones in the district and carrying ammunition and personal firearms (except by security personnel) are strictly prohibited.

The order was released in order to provide a high-level of security in view of Republic Day celebrations on January 26, the Uttar Pradesh foundation day on January 24, and a visit by the Honorable Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Ji, during the period.

The order also stated that “Carrying of firearms and ammunition will not be allowed inside any government or private premises during the period. Also, the personally appointed security forces by the government will not be allowed to enter inside premises and they have to wait outside if they are armed.”

Not only this, the police also added that celebratory firing at events like weddings and consumptions of liquor in public places during the said period will not be entertained and strict actions will be taken against those who will go against orders and found guilty. The police were also found warning people not to sell, play or display any audio/video material which may cause tensions.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ashutosh Dwivedi, said in the notice that, “Use of private drones is completely prohibited, protest without permission, on-purpose traffic jams, possession of arms and ammunition, consumption of liquor at public places, audio/video display will not be tolerated at all.”

Nobody, except divyangs and vision-impaired, will be allowed to roam around in public spaces and other than these people, rest with sticks, rods, or any other unauthorized equipment will not be allowed outside without any strong reason.

Any violation of the restrictive orders under CrPC section 144 or any of its sub-sections mentioned would lead to the prosecution of offenders under IPC section 188, Noida police said.

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