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The Lucknow Police extended the duration of Section 144 till May 30 on Monday. The decision comes in wake of the ongoing holy month of Ramzan and the upcoming festivals of Eid, Bada Mangal and Buddh Purnima.

A ban on religious, political and cultural gatherings in the state capital was announced, along with a ban on sale of meat and liquor by Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order), Naveen Arora.

According to the orders, there will be ban on religious gatherings, distribution of prasad, carrying of weapons (except kripaan by Sikhs), slaughter of animals, sale of meat and liquor. No gathering of more than five people, no kind of trade exhibitions or rallies. All public places with processions will have to use the loudspeaker within the prescribed limits and the loudspeakers will not be allowed from 10pm to 6am.

The order also says that strict vigil will be kept on everyone in order to curb any attempt to disturb the peace and harmony in the district.

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