NDMA cases will be filed against protesters violating Covid rules: Kamal Pant
Monday’s Karnataka bandh by various farmers’ organisations in protest against the recent amendments to the APMC and Land Reforms Acts has drawn a sharp response from the Bengaluru city police commissioner, who has warned that cases under the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) will be filed against persons who take part in the protest in violation of Covid guidelines.
On Sunday, city police sommissioner Kamal Pant said, “We have not given permission to anyone. We have made security arrangements. Nobody should forcibly conduct a bandh.”
Pant continued, “We will take legal action if shops are forced to close. Also, if public property is damaged, those responsible will be held liable.
“We will deploy police personnel across the city, including 47 KSRP and 26 CR squads, for bandobust duty. There is no chance of a protest march from other parts of the city. To prevent traffic jams, we will not allow any protest march.
“Some persons will be detained as a precautionary measure. As a security measure, two DCPs in each division are on alert. We have already had a meeting with the authorities in the morning.”
Punishment under NDMA
Rule 51: A person who refuses to comply with a government order without proper cause is liable to be sentenced to imprisonment up to 2 years
Rule 52: Misrepresentation of relief from government or similar misdemeanor can invite imprisonment up to 2 years.