Rallies and demonstrations prohibited in Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar: In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today prohibited rallies and demonstrations in Bhubaneswar by any organization/group/political party.

The BMC, in an order, said: “Some of the Organizations/Groups/Political Parties are seen participating in demonstration before various public offices and in public places regarding various issues. In the last two to three days about five such demonstrations have been noticed for which complaints have been lodged by BMC with the respective police station for legal action.”

The civic body also stated that if any such instances comes to the notice, the concerned Police Station will be informed for taking appropriate and immediate actions.

The IICs are also instructed to stop such demonstration/rally/gathering and take appropriate legal action on their own motion without waiting for intimation/complaints from BMC or any other sources whenever they receive information about such demonstration/Rally/Gathering. The information source for such demonstration can be intelligence/media/public /Govt authority/or any other sources, the BMC order read.

Congregations have been prohibited as per National directives issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Further, these activities have also been prohibited by Odisha Govt. As it will be difficult to maintain social distancing in large gathering/congregations the limit has been fixed to only 7 persons as per Govt orders.

However, in reality, it is observed that in the demonstrations held, large number of people have participated in each of them, and in most cases, blatant violations of social distancing norms were observed. Prohibition of large public gatherings/congregations has also been publicized in various print and electronic media from time to time by Govt of Odisha as well as BMC, the civic body stated.

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