Delhi Police to Seal All Border Pickets, Issue Curfew Passes

The Delhi Police on Monday, 23 March, moved to seal all border pickets in the national capital and said curfew passes will be issued to people associated with essential services as "execution" of the prohibitory orders in the city was "not up to the mark today".

Media persons, however, will not need the passes and their ID cards will suffice, they said. Details like the format of the application for the passes and from when they will be required, etc are likely to be shared on Tuesday, the police said.

On Sunday, police imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Delhi till 31 March in view of the coronavirus outbreak, banning protests, and other gatherings.

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In a communication on Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava ordered that all border pickets in Delhi be sealed with “immediate effect.”

All essential services will continue without any hindrance, he said.

According to the order, private organisations in Delhi engaged in essential services will seek curfew passes from the office of the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) of their respective district. The passes being issued by the Delhi Police are only for the inter-border movement of people engaged in essential services. The same will be required to be produced after 12 pm on Tuesday by the time those crossing the Delhi border would have obtained it from the respective DCP office.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC has been promulgated in Delhi.

Additional DCP of the district concerned will issue the passes after assessing the genuine requirements, it said.

Private organisations located in the national capital's neighbouring districts may also seek curfew passes from the DCP offices, Southwest, Southeast, Shahdara, East, Outer-North or Outer - for their employees who commute from Delhi, it added.

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Media persons will not need these passes as they can show their ID cards, according to the order. Government officials who are engaged in essential services will also be permitted to enter Delhi on the basis of their identity cards.

The movement of employees of private companies to whom essential services are outsourced by the government shall also be permitted on the basis of identity cards and authorisation issued by the concerned government organisation, the order stated.

Strict legal action will be taken against those found violating the prohibitory orders, the police said.

“Strict checking shall be done at the border pickets and internal pickets within the city in every police station area to ensure that no gathering or movement takes place in contravention of the prohibitory orders,” the order stated.

To ensure compliance of the prohibitory orders, the police said, patrolling will be conducted. Announcements will be made seeking the cooperation of people and informing them about legal action that violation of the orders may attract.

Traffic police, PCR, station house officers, and their supervising officers shall move around to inspect the arrangements and ensure compliance of the order, the police said.

Local officers will maintain close liaison with the neighbouring districts of the adjoining states, they said.

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