A day after the arrest of Patidar leader Lalji Patel in connection with violence in Mehsana last month, the additional district magistrate (ADM) of Morbi on Thursday issued prohibitory order against public assembly in the district till May 31.
ADM R M Damor issued a notification under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), prohibiting assembly of more than four persons without prior permission of the authorities. The notification also put a ban on processions and rallies without permission.
The ADM apprehended sudden rallies seeking immediate release of jailed quota stir leaders and also in view of Lalji Patel’s arrest.
“Keeping in mind such a scenario and to ensure public peace and law and order as well as to ensure hassle-free deployment of police, there are enough reasons to take measures under Section 144 of the CrPC 1973,” the notification stated.
It also enlisted “prevailing shortage of water in the district” as one of the reasons to impose prohibitory order. However, marriage processions and funeral procession would not be affected by the notification, the ADM stated.
Morbi had emerged hotbed of the quota stir in Saurashtra and Kutch region last year. It had witnessed large-scale violence after “crackdown” on a Patidar rally in Ahmedabad in August last year. The district had been on the boil again when Hardik was detained by Rajkot police on October 18 last year.