Section 283 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!
There must be an act done, or an omission to take order with any property which is in possession or under the charge of the accused. Such act or omission must cause danger, obstruction or injury to another. The danger, obstruction or injury must be in any public way or public line of navigation. The offence under this section is punishable with fine only.
A large number of persons standing on the road busy with business activity at a shop and thus blocking or obstructing traffic cannot be held guilty under this section because such a wide interpretation cannot be given to the expression ‘doing any act’ in this section.
The section does not apply to cases where strangers have been prohibited from entering his field by the accused even though on previous occasions they had been permitted access through the field.
The offence under this section is cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable, and is triable by any magistrate.