VELLORE: The district administration extended the prohibitory order promulgated under Section 144 of the CrPC, for nine more days, till July 24, in Ambur, Vaniyambadi and surrounding areas to ensure law and order prevails in the area.
With the initial prohibitory order issued on July 6, ending at 6 PM on Wednesday (July 15), the Revenue Divisional Officer-Tirupattur D Renganathan has extended the order till July 24 to ensure communal clashes do not occur.
Superintendent of Police of Vellore P K Senthil Kumar’s letter to the RDO on July 13 stated that “the situation in Ambur, Vaniyambadi and surrounding areas remains tense and taking into account the prevailing situation and the input from intelligence sources, there is a necessity to extend the prohibitory order.”
“Following the SP’s letter and input from Tashildar of Ambur, we have extended the prohibitory order for the next nine days,” said the RDO and added that the information about extension would be communicated to the residents of Ambur, Vaniyambadi and surrounding areas.
It may be recalled that on June 27, around 2,000 youths gathered to protest the death of Shameel Ahmed, who died allegedly due to injuries sustained while in illegal police detention. The protest turned violent with reports of arson and several police personnel getting injured. Police department has ensured it has strengthened its presence in the areas falling under the order bringing in riot-control vehicles and equipping its personnel with tear gas guns. The prohibitory order was enforced to prevent political parties and religious organisations from staging protests, following the violence involving youths on June 27.