Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh has banned the movement of 'general public' around the 200-metre periphery of all centres in the city, where the board or university examinations are scheduled to commence from the next month.
The order was issued by the police commissioner under section 144 (power to issue order in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and in the capacity of executive magistrate of the city. The order was issued here on Tuesday and would remain in force till the conclusion of the examinations.
The order categorically specifies that the movement of general public will not be allowed in the 200-metre periphery around all examination centres notified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Punjab School Education Board, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU).
The general public includes even the parents or relatives of the students taking the board or university examinations. Only the examination staff and the students taking the examinations are allowed to move in the 200-metre periphery.
The order has been passed with a view to check any form of assistance from outside to the students taking the exams. This is a part of the measures being taken by the government and the administration to check copying in the examinations.
As per the police commissioner, adequate security force personnel will be posted outside examination centres to ensure that there is no violation of the order.
Police will also be there to give any form of assistance, if required, to the staff on duty at examination centres.