Leh admin imposes Section 144 in wake of Sonam Wangchuk’s ‘Pashmina March’ on April 7

LEH (KIMS) — In wake of Sonam Wangchuk’s planned ‘Pashmina March’ inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March, scheduled on April 7, the administration in Leh district of Ladakh Union Territory imposed Section 144 on Friday.

This measure aims to restrict processions, rallies, and marches.

Last month Sonam Wangchuk concluded his 21-day hunger strike and announced to carry out ‘Border March’ on April 7, as part of his campaign for Ladakh’s statehood.

Ending his hunger strike on March 22, Sonam Wangchuk advocated for Ladakh’s statehood and inclusion in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

According to an order, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Leh, citing reliable information, expressed concerns regarding potential disruptions to peace and public order in the district. District Magistrate, Leh, Santosh Sukhadeve, IAS, upon review, invoked powers under Section 144 of CrPC, 1973, thereby restricting public gatherings and the use of vehicles mounted with loudspeakers without prior approval.

The order mandates that no procession, rally, or march may occur without written approval from the District Magistrate. It also prohibits any statement that could disrupt communal harmony or public tranquility, emphasizing adherence to the law and model code of conduct.

The violation of this order will result in punitive action under Section-188 of the Indian Penal Code.

In response to the administration’s decision, Sonam Wangchuk in a post on X said, “PEACEFUL LADAKH IS VERY CONFUSED! After 31 days of extremely peaceful prayers & fasts… Suddenly peace initiatives of the administration sounds more dangerous than anything ! PEACE AT ANY COST !!?.” — (KIMS)