New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday imposed Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh in the wake of a severe water crisis.

Madhya Pradesh is staring at a drought-like condition for the second consecutive year. Section 144 prohibits unlawful gathering of five or more people at one place.

All construction work, whether government or private has been restricted in the town due to the imposition of Section 144 in the region.