Prohibitory Orders Clamped In Rourkela To Prevent Communal Violence For 5 Days
Rourkela: In order to prevent communal violence in the wake of Prophet Mohammad row in Odisha’s sensitive Rourkela city, Sundargarh district administration has imposed prohibitory orders for 5 days.
Following communal flare-up in neighbouring Ranchi in Jharkhand over the issue, Panposh sub-collector Daulat Chandrakar has imposed the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CRPC in the areas under Plant Site, Uditnagar, Bondamunda, Brahmani Tarang, Raghunath Pali, Sector-15 and Jhirpani police stations of Rourkela city and Bisra and Lathikata police limits on its outskirts.
Since Rourkela is easily accessible from Ranchi, the administration is taking precautionary measures and has warned the trouble mongers of stern actions, if found inciting communal hatred.
The prohibitory orders, imposed since Monday, will remain in effect till June 17. As per its provisions, religious meetings and processions by any community have been banned in the city. The police also carried out flag march across nine police station limits on Monday.
The district administration is also keeping a close watch on social media platforms to prevent rumour-mongers from flaring up communal sentiments. “Police are keeping a tab on popular social media platforms including Facebook. The administrators of WhatsApp groups would be held for inappropriate contents in groups,” TNIE quoted Rourkela SP Mukesh K Bhamoo as saying.
“Constant vigil is being maintained at sensitive areas of nine police station limits in and around Rourkela. There is no restriction on day-to-day activities except for holding large gathering, directly or indirectly inciting people over the prevailing controversy or creating communal hatred,” Bhamoo added.
It may be noted that a group of youths from Nala Road area blocked the Rourkela main road and shouted inflammatory slogans after prayers last Friday. In retaliation, another group on Sunday raised slogans in GT Lane area.