State government authorises DM’s for extension of curfew

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government had decided to impose curfew in the entire state from 24 March 2020. Accordingly, the concerned District Magistrates issued orders under Section 144 of Cr.PC in their respective districts to impose a curfew.

An official spokesman said here today that the District Magistrates cannot impose curfew in their respective districts for more than two months. However, since the two months, the time has completed on 24 May and the Corona pandemic was still not over in the state, it was felt that situation could arise when the curfew has to be extended further.

He said that the state Cabinet in its meeting held on 23 May, 2020 had decided to authorize the District Magistrates to extend curfew under Section 144 for more than two months up to 30 June 2020, if the situation so requires.

The Spokesman said that at present the curfew is enforced till 31 May 2020 and thereafter the District Magistrates will take further action in this matter.