141. Unlawful assembly.

An assembly of five or more persons is designated an “unlawful assembly” if the common object of the persons composing that assembly is:

  • First – To overawe by criminal force or show of criminal force, the Central or any State Government or Parliament or the Legislature of any State, or any public servant in the exercise of the lawful power of such public servant; or
  • Second – To resist the execution of any law or of any legal process; or
  • Third – To commit any mischief or criminal trespass, or other offence; or
  • Fourth – By means of criminal force or show of criminal force to any person, to take or obtain possession of any property, or to deprive any person of the enjoyment of a right of way, or of the use of water or other incorporeal rights of which he is in possession or enjoyment, or to enforce any right or supposed right; or
  • Fifth – By means of criminal force or show of criminal force, to compel any person to do what he is not legally bound to do or to omit to do what he is legally entitled to do. 

An assembly that was not unlawful when it assembled may subsequently become an unlawful assembly.

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