Authorities have beefed up security in parts of Bihar’s Patna city until at least August 25 after police allegedly used excessive force to disperse a disruptive protest on August 22. Officials have imposed Section 144 of the Penal Code in Dakbangla Square. Gandhi Maidan, Bailey Road, and Boring Road areas of Patna; Section 144 prohibits gathering of five or more persons and carrying weapons in public places. If there are significant protests, the city government can extend the initiative to other parts of the city to prevent violence. Authorities have allowed gatherings only in Gardeni Bagh.
Despite the suspension of rallies under Section 144, further gatherings are possible. Police are likely to monitor the crowd and disperse disruptive demonstrations if necessary. Clashes between rival groups as well as protesters and police cannot be ruled out. Disruptions to local transportation and business can occur near any gathering.
Follow all instructions from local authorities. Avoid all protests in affected areas due to possible violence. If violence breaks out, leave the area immediately and take shelter in a safe non-government building. Do not attempt to cross the roads lined by protesters. Wait for the police to clear them before proceeding. Allow extra travel time to reach destinations near potential protest sites.