Odisha imposes Section 144 in this urban area amid COVID spike

Nuapada: With the Nuapada district transformed into one of the hotspots in Odisha following steep rise in COVID-19 cases day by day, the district administration imposed Section 144 in Khariar NAC to restrict unnecessary movement of public.

In view of sharp increase in COVID positive cases, Nuapada Sub-Collector Taranisen Naik issued an order under 144 (1) of CrPC prohibiting congregation and movement of public in Khariar NAC for six days with effect from 6.00 AM of April 17 to 6.00 AM of April 22.

During the period, all the shops will remain closed and public movements will be strictly restricted in the areas under Khariar NAC.

Here’s what will be restricted during the period in Khariar NAC: 

  1. All shops, restaurants, hotels, dhabas, offices, banks, educational institutions and commercial establishments will be closed.
  2. Movement of all types of vehicles will be stopped plying during restriction period.
  3. The daily market will remain closed.
  4. No congregation will be allowed in temples, other religious places and public places inside Khariar NAC area.

Here’s what will be allowed during the period of restrictions: 

  1. Medical stores, LPG gas, petrol pumps and other emergency services
  2. No restrictions on movement of vehicles including ambulance, medical vehicles and other government vehicles engaged for public service
  3. Marriage and funeral rituals will be observed adhering to instruction issued by the SRC, Odisha.

In violation of restrictions, the offenders will be punished as per the provision under IPC, Disaster Management Act and under sections 2,3,4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 framed under the Odisha COVID-19 Regulations 2020 for prevention and containment of Coronavirus disease SARS-COVID-2.

It is pertinent to mention that the night curfew is already in force in Nuapada district since April 4. Yesterday, the State Government has revised the timing of the night curfew to strictly restrict the movement of vehicular traffic and public during night hours.

Besides, the weekend shutdown has been announced in urban areas of 10 districts including Nuapada with effect from April 17 till further orders.


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