The power of the armed forces to shoot and use force can be used against:
- any person who is violating any law, or
- any person forming an assembly of five or more people, or
- any person carrying weapons or things capable of being used as weapons or firearms, ammunition or explosive substances, while these are prohibited in the disturbed area. For example, if carrying lighters is prohibited and you carry one, the army can use force against you.
An officer can use these powers if they think that it is necessary to do so to maintain public order. The officer has to give due warning to the person they are shooting at.
Example: In disturbed areas various activities are not allowed. If a group of armed people create a law and order problem and try to enter a certain area where they attack an army convoy or violate the law in any other way, the armed forces officer can respond to them by shooting them.0