Panaji: Ahead of crucial Ayodhya verdict, Goa government on Thursday imposed prohibitory orders banning assemblies in the State till further orders.
Additional District Magistrate Vikas S N Gaunekar in an order issued on Thursday has said “it has come to the knowledge of the undersigned that the verdict in landmark Ayodhya Case before the Supreme Court is expected to be delivered in the coming days and upon delivery of the verdict there are chances of communal disharmony.
The order states that there is a possibility of processions and/or protests by various groups which is likely to disturb peace and tranquility within the district.
Gaunekar has said that there is every possibility that such processions, morchas, protests etc. may create serious law and order situation and hamper the peace and tranquility, thereby bringing disrepute to the state and causing disturbance in normal economic and cultural life.
“After considering the possible situation of law and order that may arise it is expedint to take urgent preventive measures to prevent violence, disturbance and law and order issues,” the order reads.
The District magistrate has said that he is “satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for proceeding under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and that there are circumstances do now allow the service of notice individually.”
Therefore, the magistrate, executing his powers under section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure has probihited gathering of five or more persons, taking out processions or rallies within the state, carrying of firearms or weapons of offences such as lathis, swords, daggers or spear etc., the use of loudspeaker or amplified sound in public place without permission of competent authority, shouting of slogans in public places and burning of fire crackers in public places or streets etc.