Guwahati, May 1: Guwahati police Commissioner banned all victory processions after counting of votes in Assam where assembly polls held to check the spread of coronavirus.
Guwahati Commissioner of Police, M P Gupta issued a notice on 30th April 2021 and said the Election Commission of India has issued broad guidelines clashes amongst the supporters of different political parties/candidates. Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, Assam in the exercise of the power conferred upon section 144 of CrPC.
The order came into force with immediate effect and the person contravening this order shall be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Panel Code.
Check out the prohibition imposed by the Commissioner of Police:
- Any victory procession or assembly at any public place during and after the counting on 02.05.21 is prohibited.
- Not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorized representative to receive the certificate of election from the Returning Officer.
- Sale/purchase and bursting of firecrackers in the Police Commissionerate, Guwahati is prohibited
- Assembly of five or more people at any public within the Police Commissionerate, Guwahati is prohibited.
- Use of loudspeakers in the entire Police Commissionerate, Guwahati is prohibited.
- Any Police gathering outside the counting center during the process of counting is prohibited.
- The movement of any person without a mask is prohibited.
The counting of votes will be held in Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, and Puducherry on May 2.
The decision to ban victory processions came a day after the Madras High Court came down heavily on the poll panel for failing to implement Covid guidelines during campaigning.
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The court called the poll panel “the most irresponsible institution” and even said its officials may be booked under murder charges. The judges also orally warned that they would not hesitate to stop counting votes on 2 May.
The bench directed the EC to file a detailed report by 30 April on the blueprint of Covid-19 protocol to be followed on the counting day. “There should be no more than 50 percent occupancy in counting halls,” an official explained.