Indian authorities have banned tailgators from public areas of several cities in northern India, in a bid to curb the growing phenomenon of “access control” that has spread across the country.
A new decree issued on Tuesday bans people from “opening or closing doors” to tailgates, while barring anyone from “linking doors” or “laying hands on the back of another person”.
“The government has ordered all parties to take steps to implement the measures,” Deputy Chief Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference on Tuesday.
“The ban will be effective from 1 July.”
While the ban is in place across the three cities in western Maharashtra, the ban extends to other areas of northern India including Pune, Kolkata and Jaipur.
In a statement, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion said it was “aware of the new directions issued by the Indian government”.
The move follows the imposition of a ban on “access controls” by the state government in Pune in October.
The move comes after the Indian Supreme Court last month dismissed a case filed by a group of residents who claimed they had been discriminated against by a local liquor baron in the town of Patna, who had refused to allow them to drink liquor in his bar.
The Supreme Court’s decision sparked protests across India, where the number of complaints against liquor barons and their associates has increased sharply.
On Tuesday, a group led by a Pune resident, who has been detained since the case, filed a fresh appeal against the ruling.
The residents have said they will continue to lodge complaints until the state administration is removed from the local authority.