The government of Uttar Pradesh has grown attentive considering the protests of farmers against the farm laws, the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri and the Festival season that lies ahead. Since a few days, Uttar Pradesh has been catching everyone’s eyes because of the recent happenings in the state. First, the murder of Manish Gupta in Gorakhpur and then the violent clash in Lakhimpur Kheri have disturbed the state’s peace.
Hence, keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic and the immense number of festivals coming ahead, the state government has decided to impose Article 144 of CRPC in state’s capital, Lucknow.
During this more than 5 people won’t be able to gather at one place. SOPs have also been issued by the government which dictate that in places, other than those termed as ‘containment zones’, restaurants, malls, multiplex, cinema halls, hotels, will be open with 50% capacity. Also, no person will be allowed to commute with weapons, combustible substances, cylinders, tractor, trolleys and bullocks in the area of 1km around the Stet Legislative Assembly. Any person not obeying this, will be considered violating the norms of article 144 and suitable action will be taken against him.
The state in its decision,has said, that several festivals are going to be celebrated in coming days, during which the Bharatiya Kisan Union has also scheduled protests which can create imbalance in the state. Hence the article 144 is imposed to maintain peace and stability in the state. People have also been asked to follow COVID-19 protocols during the festive season.