Shillong: The District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills district, Shillong has promulgated an order under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting assembly of 5 (five) or more persons within a radius of 500 meters of the temporary Assembly Chamber at Rilbong, Shillong and within a radius of 100 Meters of the Meghalaya Secretariat (Main and Additional Building). This has been stated in a press release.
The order also prohibits carrying of arms and any other lethal weapons or any other items/materials having the potential to be used as a weapon which can likely cause grievous injury or harm to any person or persons. This order will not be applicable to the Security Forces and Government Officers on official duty. The order has been issued in view of the information received that some NGOs are likely to hold a protest by displaying placards in front the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Building on the first day of the Assembly Session and such protest if allowed to be held may lead to serious law and order problems resulting into breach of peace and disturbance of the public tranquility, a riot or any affray and danger to human life, health and safety and may result into loss of life and property unless immediately prevented. This order shall come into force with immediate effect and remain in force until further orders, the release added.