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Section 144 in Gangtok

Gangtok, Feb. 26: The East district collector today extended section 144 of the CrPc to 500m from the Sikkim Assembly as supporters of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front and the Opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha had an argument over putting up flags on M.G. Marg here.

As the Sikkim Assembly was in session today, section 144 of the CrPc was already imposed within 200m from the building.M.G. Marg is half-a-kilometre from the Assembly.

The session was convened to pass the Sikkim Lokayukta Bill, which would look into allegations of corruption against certain public servants.

The bill was unanimously passed. Section 144 prohibits assembly of more than five persons in a group and sloganeering or demonstration in the area where it is imposed.