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Cauvery row: Curfew in parts of Bengaluru brings back memories of 1991


Bengaluru, Sept 13: Curfew has been imposed in 16 police station limits of Bengaluru, bringing back memories of the 1991 riots which also took place due to the Cauvery waters issue.

Curfew was imposed at Rajgopal Nagar, Kamakshipalya, Vijaynagar, Byatarayanpura Kengeri, Magadi Road, Rajajinagar, RR Nagara, KP Agrahara Chandra layout, Yeshwanathapura, Mahalakshmi layout, Peenya, RMC Yard, Nandini Layout and Jnanabharathi.

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Cauvery row: Curfew reminds of 91' riots

The decision to impose curfew in these parts was taken following the violence that broke out in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision in the Cauvery Waters issue.

Scenes in Bengaluru reminded many of the 1991 Cauvery Waters riots. The 1991 riots which is considered to be the worst in the history of the city had led to curfew being imposed.

Many from the city have not witnessed a curfew of this scale being imposed. There have been curfews that have been imposed in specific areas at night which prohibits unlawful assembly.

Taking into account the violence and also the Eid celebrations on Tuesday, the police decided to impose curfew in 16 police station limits.

In the rest of the city Section 144 of the Code of Criminal procedure has been imposed which prevents the assembly of 5 or more people.

An explainer to what Section 144 and curfew is

Prohibitory orders are issued when people with a mutual intent try to make a deliberate attempt to disturb peace.

Section 144 is a section of Indian Code of Criminal Procedure, which prohibits assembly of five or more people, holding of public meetings, and carrying of firearms and can be invoked for upto two months. Such an order is issued by the district magistrate.

A curfew is an order by a government for certain people to return home daily before a certain time. It can be imposed to maintain public order or suppress targeted groups.

When a curfew is imposed it does not necessarily mean that there are shoot at sight orders. However, depending on the situation the government can issue shoot at sight orders if people are found violating the curfew.

A curfew requires one to stay indoors.

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