This section prescribes punishment for anyone who joins an unlawful assembly armed with a deadly weapon. According to the section, anyone who is a member of an unlawful assembly while being armed with a deadly weapon, or with something which used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years, or with fine, or with both.
Whereas being a member of unlawful assembly has been punished lightly under the preceding section, a comparatively severe punishment has been provided under this section for being a member of such assembly, being armed with a deadly weapon, or being armed with anything which used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death. Since public tranquillity is likely to suffer more when such armed persons assemble at a place, this aggravated form requires to be dealt with more firmly and severely.
The offence under this section is cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable, and is tribal by any magistrate.