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A file photo of people stocking at a water tanker in Delhi. The district collector has issued the direction as a preventive measure around the Latur civic body-run tanks. Photo: Mint
A file photo of people stocking at a water tanker in Delhi. The district collector has issued the direction as a preventive measure around the Latur civic body-run tanks. Photo: Mint

Drought-hit Maharashtra town imposes Section 144 to avoid violence over water

Order prohibits gathering of more than five persons in areas around water storage tanks, tanker-filling points, public wells and tanker-plying routes until 31 May

Mumbai: Authorities in drought-hit Latur have imposed an order prohibiting the gathering of more than five persons in areas around water storage tanks until 31 May to avoid any possible violence over water.

The district collector has issued the direction under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code as a preventive measure to tackle possible violence over water around the Latur civic body-run tanks, an official said.

The official said the notified places include all tanker-filling points, public wells, tanker-plying routes and storage tanks in the district.

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