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CAB: Section 144 imposed in Karimganj; Bandh, procession, celebrations won't be allowed

In the wake of protests in the state over The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, Section 144, prohibiting movement of 5 or more persons, has been imposed in Karimganj district on Monday.

“Whereas it has come to my notice that some groups/ organizations/associations are planning to carry out disruptive activities in parts of Karimganj district which may cause breach of peace and public tranquility and may cause disturbance/interrupt peaceful movement of public, traffic and damage to public life and property. Therefore in the exercise of the power conferred upon me U/s 144 CrPC, I, Anbamuthan MP, District magistrate, Karimganj do hereby promulgate the prohibitory order in the entire district” the notification said.

Under the prohibition no organizations will be allowed to call for strike or hold any torch procession. Prohibition has also been imposed on individuals to carry weapons or fire crackers.

However Cinema Halls and other places of entertainment, education institutions, Bus Depots, railway stations, religious places and marriage halls and other places of daily public gatherings have been kept out of the ambit of the order prohibiting the assemblage of five or more persons.

Debate over the Bill is currently going on in the Lok Sabha. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Through this Bill, Indian citizenship will be provided to the members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from the three countries to India till December 31, 2014, to put an end to them being treated as illegal immigrants in the country.

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