Anticipating More Violence, Administration Imposes Curfew in Patna

Pappu Yadav supporters clashing with police in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: In what is being described as imposition of 'Undeclared Emergency' nationwide by the Modi administration in the wake of the violence over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register for Citizenship (NRC), the Patna district administration followed suit on Tuesday by imposing prohibitory orders in many parts of the state capital to prevent people from gathering at public places with intent to organize protests.

Among the places where the local administration banned gathering of people include Kargil Chowk near Gandhi Maidan where violence broke out two days ago leaving many protestors and law enforcement officials injured and many vehicles torched beyond recognition; Hartali Chowk, Gardanibagh, and Patna University campus.

Prohibitory order was issued by Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi under section 144 of CrPC that aims to maintain peace and law and order in a tense political atmosphere where a small incident could erupt into a case of major violence and arson.

In another development, the administration put Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader Pappu Yadav on house arrest stating he and his supporters were a threat to peace and harmony in Patna.

Yadav has come out vehemently against the CAA and the NRC and has been organizing protest rallies in Patna for the past few days. He also declared his intention to support the statewide bandh by the left parties on December 19 that also has the support of Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM).

"They can place me under house arrest or send me to jail, they cannot silence my voice. This is a fight to save the Constitution and I will not be cowered down by those who have shown utter disregard for it," the former MP from Madhepura said.

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