Imphal: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been promulgated in both Imphal East and Imphal West of Manipur, thereby prohibiting the movement of any person outside their respective residences, officials said here Saturday.
The restriction, which has been put in place with immediate effect ‘with a view to prevent danger to human life, health and safety’ due to increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the state especially in twin districts, will come into force on 8th May and remain enforced till 17th May 2021. The order also mentions that exemptions can be granted in special cases.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) empowers an executive magistrate to issue orders in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger.
Further, this order shall not apply to the agencies of the Government department(s) involved in enforcement of law and order and the curfew imposed shall not be applicable to the activities listed below and shall be allowed free movement:
i) All health care facilities including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of health care workers.
ii) All pharmacies, inducing those selling veterinary medicines,
iii) All persons giong for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-testing and medical emergencies
iv) All employees and personal staff working in media, power, fire service, PHED, CAF & PD, Home, Heath, Relief & DM, Police Department and District Administration.
v) Only goods vehicles, oxygen supply related vehicles, LPG and of tankers and vehicles of other essential services like power supply, fire Service, water supply, waste/garbage clearance, public distribution system, medical/Covid services, electronic and print media, interne and telecom service providers and vehicles of departments/organisations permitted to be functional;
vi) Opening of petrol pumps and LPG outlets and movement of staff of IOCL;
vii) Movement of staff of Imphal airport and passengers
viii) Hotels for lodging with minimum gaff.
In case of emergencies and for persons who want to take out procession for marriage, funeral, etc. within the scheduled area, applications may be made to the district magistrate or to the Superintendent of Police, both districts for permission and they shall) not take out procession until a written permission is obtained from authorities.