District Magistrate, U.T.Put Chandigarh under u/s 144 Cr. P.C.
Chandigarh, 26th October, 2015: The Chandigarh Administration has earmarked the Rally Ground, Sector 25, Chandigarh for organizing rallies/dharnas and no permission has been granted by the Chandigarh Administration to organize dharnas/rallies elsewhere in the City other Rally Ground, Sector 25, Chandigarh and the same has been done to avoid traffic congestion, keeping in view of the convenience of the general public. Whereas, it has appeared that certain groups of people are planning to organize rallies, dharnas, and resort to other agitation methods in the City other than the earmarked/designated place i.e. Rally Ground, Sec 25, Chandigarh and whereas, there is an apprehension that such groups and organizations/unions may cause obstruction, annoyance or injury to the persons lawfully employed and endanger human life and property, disturb public peace and tranquility and cause riots and affrays.
The District Magistrate, U.T. Chandigarh, Dr. S.B. Deepak Kumar, IAS, has made certain that immediate action would be taken against those taking out procession/rally, protests, strike, making speeches, raising slogans, carrying of Lathis & lethal weapons, gathering/assembly of 5 or more people etc. within the territory of U.T. Chandigarh other than Rally Ground, Sec 25, Chandigarh, which may cause obstruction, annoyance or injury to persons lawfully employed, disturb public peace and tranquility and cause riots and affrays, for the prevention of the same.
In exercise of the power vested in the District Magistrate, U.T. Chandigarh u/s 144 Cr. P.C., Dr. S.B. Deepak Kumar, IAS has ordered that as a measure of emergency, the public in general or any member thereof is prohibited from taking out rally, protests, making speeches, raising slogans, carrying of Lathis, carrying of lethal weapons, gathering/assembly of 5 or more people, etc, within the territory of U.T. Chandigarh other than Rally Ground, Sec 25, Chandigarh, for a period of 60 days.
Further, prior permission for organizing a rally/dharna/procession, protest, assembly of 5 or more people, etc at Rally Ground, Sector 25, Chandigarh must be obtained from the Competent Authority, i.e. the District Magistrate/concerned Sub Divisional Magistrate, U.T., Chandigarh.
Provided that the above order shall not apply to:
(I) the police or Para-military or military persons or any other Government Servant on official duties;
(II) the processions or meetings for which prior permission in writing of the District Magistrate/concerned Sub Divisional Magistrate, Chandigarh, is granted;
(III) the customary and ritualistic procession in connection with weddings and funerals.
This order shall come into force with effect from zero hours on 25-10-2015 and shall be effective for a period of sixty days up to and including 23-12-2015. In view of the emergent nature of the order, it is being issued ex-parte and addressed to the public in general.