Sec. 144 CrPC promulgated in Dimapur

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/23/2020 12:20:34 PM IST

In order to enforce social distancing and mitigate the possible serious effects of the spread of COVID-19 for public health, public safety and public order, the district magistrate & commissioner of police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo, has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC with effect from 6 a.m. of March 24, 2020 till further orders.

The promulgation order was seen as a move to prevent spread of coronavirus in Dimapur, the gateway, transit and commercial hub of Nagaland having around one lakh people. 

In the order, assembly of five or more persons is prohibited but exempts certain pre-arranged gatherings on condition of being subjected to special permission from CP Office. 

Later, addressing media persons in his office Monday evening, Commissioner Police Dimapur, Tetseo explained that curfew was imposed to contain and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Tetseo underlined the importance of maintaining social distancing so that police would ensure that unnecessary movement of five persons or more were dispersed immediately.

Tetseo also stressed on the importance of public cooperation as it was not a law and order issue but a “health emergency”. He pointed out that police cannot make public practice social distancing voluntarily hence promulgation of Section 144 CrPC.

CP informed that vehicular movement of non-essential nature will come under its purview but exempts police/army/para-military forces/ magistrate on duty/doctors and medical staff/media and persons engaged in emergency services. The order also exempts all essential commodity outlets in Dimapur. Those violating the curfew order would liable for punishment under Section 188 of the IPC, it added.

Assembly of five or more persons restricted


All essential commodity outlets exempted


All pre-arranged events exempted, but subjected to approval


CP says not law & order issue but ‘health emergency’


Also prefixed weddings (with wedding cards) and unavoidable prefixed meetings like government official meetings which cannot be avoided and deemed necessary, would be exempted. However, movement of all vehicles, except for certain categories restricted, will be stopped and discouraged. He also informed that passenger trains have been temporarily suspended for ten days, except goods trains.

He said that only essential services like administration, power department, government duties etc with duty slips signed by the respective heads of the department and hospital visitations would be allowed. 

The commissioner of police also informed that police have been conducting frisking and checking at check gates along with the medical department for coronavirus.

On the issue of thermal scanning and medical equipments, he said that the police were not competent to handle the medical equipments although they had undergone an orientation programme. He said the medical department needed more manpower and so police were roped in to be deployed as and when necessary. 

He said police will provide the right amount of service during the present crisis.

When drawn to the issue of autorickshaws in Dimapur, he said they are the common mode for transport for public but cannot park any place.

Concerning restrictions on butchers, the commissioner said no butcher will be allowed to sell meat in places not permitted. However, he said that those having permits would be allowed to slaughter and sell in designated places. He also said that street and vegetable vendors will not be allowed to display and sell along footpaths used by the public as selling such items in the footpaths was not safe for health.


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