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Home deptt notifies on blockades
Published on 13 May. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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Drawing attention to several recent instances where village communities, NGOs or group of people resorted to road blockade, ban on vehicular movement or restrictions on the use of highways, public roads, or other public properties as a means of settling local disputes and differences, the state government Thursday notified that resorting to arbitrary road blockages on any National or State Highway, or district road or any other public road as a means to settle inter-community/ inter-village/ inter-group disputes on the basis of landownership was “unlawful”.
State government observed that such activities have serious implications for maintenance of rule of law and of public order in the state.
A government notification issued Thursday reiterated that all roads in the state viz. National Highways, State Highways, District roads and other public roads are constructed by the Government for the use of all members of the public for movement without obstruction from any quarter.
The state government said DCs/ADCs of districts are already vested with legal and administrative powers under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the ‘Rules of Administration and Justice 1937’, the Nagaland Security Regulation 1962 (Section 2 (12) (e) (ii), the Assam Maintenance of Public Order (Autonomous District) Acts 1953 (Section 7- collection of fines) to deal with such activities.
In addition, the notification said village councils and GBs in the villages are legally bound to assist the district administration in maintenance of law and order and to prevent unlawful activities in their respective jurisdictions.
The government also noted that such acts, being ipso facto unlawful, responsible village, community, NGO or group resorting to such blockades, bans or restrictions in connection with inter-village/inter-community or inter-group disputes was liable to be proceeded against under the relevant provisions of law and shall also be liable to be denied benefits of the developmental schemes of the government.
“They may be further liable for recovery of the cost of restoring damages that may be caused to the roads/ public property as a result of such road blockage,” the notification stated.
DC/ADCs and other administrative officers, vested with magisterial powers, have also been advised to take prompt action to declare such activities unlawful under the relevant provisions of law and proceed with legal action against the perpetrating village, community or group.
Cases should be registered under the appropriate sections of the law and the same should be promptly investigated, it said.

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