Section 144 means

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 empowers an executive magistrate of any state or territory to issue orders in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger.

It is imposed if there is any potential to cause trouble or damage to human life or property. According to the order under this section, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed and there will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. It also restricts carrying any sort of weapon in that area where it has been imposed and people can be detained for violating it. The maximum punishment for such an act is three years.

Section 144 prohibits the assembly of four or more people in an area and generally prohibits public gatherings. The orders to impose Section 144 have been conferred to Executive Magistrate when there is an emergency situation. No order under Section 144 shall remain in force for more than two months but the state government can extent the validity for two months and maximum up to six months. It can be withdrawn at any point of time if situation becomes normal.

In keeping in mind about the rising number of Omicron cases the Mumbai police have imposed section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) within Mumbai commissionerate limits prohibiting rallies and protest marches involving people and vehicles over the next two days i.e; on Saturday and Sunday. The order shall come into force with effect from 12:01 am on December 11 and will remain in place until midnight on December 12.

The order stated that the violators will be punished under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and other legal provisions.

Maharashtra have reported seven new cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19, including a one and a half year toddler, three from Mumbai and four from Pimpri Chinchwada Municipal Corporation which makes the number 17 in the state, the highest Omicron cases in India.

Out of the seven cases from Mumbai, four are asymptomatic while three have mild symptoms. Four of them are fully vaccinated, one is administered with a single dose and one is unvaccinated. The toddler is not eligible for vaccination.

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