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Sec. 144 clamped ahead of by-polls

DIMAPUR, NOV 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/1/2020 12:27:21 PM IST

With by-elections to the 14-Southern Angami I and 60 Pungro-Kiphire assembly constituencies scheduled to be held on November 3, the deputy commissioners of Kohima and Kiphire district, Mohammed Ali Shihab A and AK Ranjan have ordered imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC and barred assembly of more than five persons from 6 p.m. on Sunday till 6 p.m. on November 4.

Sec. 144 CrPC will applicable only within the limits of the respective assembly constituencies. DC Kohima said that the prohibitory order has been imposed to maintain peace and prevent spread of corona virus in view of the continuing spike in COVID-19 cases in Kohima district with more symptomatic cases being reported.

As per the order, violation of the order will tantamount to punitive punishment under section 188 of Indian Penal Code. 

Meanwhile, Election Commission of India has issued broad guidelines for smooth conduct of the by-elections to 14-Southern Angami I (ST) and 60-Pungro-Kiphire Assembly constituencies against the backdrop of COVID-19 and to ensure that the by-polls were conducted in a free, fair, safe and peaceful manner. 

On the other hand, campaigning for the November 3 by-polls concluded on November 1, Sunday evening.

Cash, liquor seized 

Flying squad teams (FST), static surveillance teams and excise and other agencies have seized liquor and drugs worth over Rs 13 lakh, besides cash, till Sunday in the run-up to by-polls to 14 Southern Angami-I and 60 Pungro-Kiphire Assembly constituencies. 

In a statement, additional chief electoral officer N Moa Aier said Rs 6 lakh in cash was seized, while the liquor and drugs (mostly cough syrups) have been valued at Rs 6.64 lakh and Rs 78,000 respectively, with the total value of the seizures being estimated at Rs 13.42 lakh. 

Further, he said 425 persons have been bound down so far under preventive sections of CrPC in both the constituencies.

 

-Tags:#by-polls

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