Section 144 of the CrPC restricts that assembly of more than four people in an area, and is a prohibitory measure taken when a law and order situation is anticipated.
Hindustan Times reported Ayodhya district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha as saying, “In view of Diwali, other festivals and the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court [related to the title suit in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case), Section 144 has been imposed in Ayodhya. It will be in force till December 10.”
The restrictions came into force reportedly from October 12. December 6 is also the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.
The Hindu reported that according to the order, flying drones or aerial vehicles, was banned, and manufacture and sale of firecrackers for Diwali could only take place after permission from the magistrate.
The hearing in the politcally sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya will enter the last leg as a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi resumes proceedings after the Dussehra break.
After mediations failed to reach a solution, the court began proceedings from August 6. It has a revised deadline of ending the proceedings by October 17.
PTI reported that fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties ― the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.
Initially, as many as five lawsuits were filed in the lower court. The first one was filed by Gopal Singh Visharad, a devotee of ‘Ram Lalla’, in 1950 to seek enforcement of the right to worship of Hindus at the disputed site.
(With PTI inputs)