New Delhi, July 10 -- Section 144 will remain in place in Noida till August 30 in view of upcoming religious festivals such as Shivratri, Bakra Eid, Rakshabandhan, Muharram etc, which authorities dear can lead to an increased spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Hindustan Times' sister publication, Livehindustan reported on Saturday.

Speaking to Livehindustan, Shraddha Pandey, the additional deputy commissioner of police (Law and Order), said the order was issued not just in view of the pandemic but to also ensure that no anti-social elements disturb peace during these festivals.

A strict inquiry will be ordered against those who are found violating the rules and they will be charged under section 188 (disobeying public order) ...