In a rapid and intense development, Section 144 which is known as "partial curfew" in India has been imposed in Gurgaon or Gurugram. Gurgaon is known as a satellite city or a suburb of New Delhi. The curfew has been imposed because the protests have intensified over the release of Padmaavat. Rioters have been spotted in different parts of the satellite township vandalising shops and destroying property.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in India empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area. According to sections 141-149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the maximum punishment for engaging in rioting is rigorous imprisonment for 3 years and/or fine. Gurugram District Magistrate Vinay Pratap Singh, in a statement, said, "Direction under section 144 is necessary to impose restrictions on the presence of persons carrying firearms and other articles capable of causing injury, raising slogans and exhibiting placards within 200-metre radius of cinema halls/multiplexes under Section 144." "Order to continue being in effect till January 28," he said.
If any person is found guilty of violating the order, he will be liable to be punished under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Singh said. The step has been initiated to avert any disturbances by the anti-social elements outside the cinema halls/multiplexes in the district.
We hope the film release to no violence and everyone remains safe.