Prohibitory orders in force in East Sikkim, other areas
Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CRPC have been brought into force in the East District of Sikkim with its headquarters in Gangtok, the capital town.
As per the orders passed by the District Collector (East) Srinivasulu carrying of firearms, lethal weapons including khukhris, knives, dandas, lathis, axe, rods, spears, bamphoks and other sharp weapons and explosives by anyone are prohibited in the district, official sources said here today.
These articles are not to be carried by anyone while taking part in election campaigns, to public meetings and processions or while visiting polling stations, counting hall in any other public office where election related work is in progress, the order says.
Prohibitory orders have been clamped as a precautionary measure in view of the campaigning likely to gain momentum with the date of polling drawing nearer and rival political groups vying with each other to drum up support for themselves which might also throw up possibilities of clashes between them, the DC (East) said.
The orders will remain in force till the conclusion of the electoral process, he added.