After over four months, Pune’s administration has lifted night curfew and Section 144 in the city, laying down new norms under Unlock 3.0.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC – 1973) authorises the Executive Magistrate of any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area.
When the lockdown started at the end of March, citizens were barred from any movement from 7 pm to 8 am. Gradually, that changed to 9 pm to 5 am.
With Unlock 3.0, there will be no night curfew in place, while movements in the recently updated 75 containment zones will continue to be restricted.
Joint commissioner (Law & Order) Mr. Ravindra Shisve said, “Though the curfew has been lifted, there are things are which are still closed and prohibited according to the law. Citizens should step out only if it is needed and must compulsorily wear masks, use sanitisers and maintain social distancing. Public safety and health is of topmost concern for the administration and citizens must ensure they follow all norms laid down by the government”
He also said that certain activities are still banned and a violation of rules will lead to strict actions taken by government agencies. Shop owners also need to follow the rules set forth by the administration.