An assembly of five or more persons is designated an "unlawful assembly", if the common object of the persons composing that assembly is:
- To overawe by criminal force, or show of criminal force, the Central or any State Government or Parliament or the Legislature of any State, or any public servant in the exercise of the lawful power of such public servant; or
- To resist the execution of any law, or of any legal process; or
- To commit any mischief or criminal trespass, or other offence; or
- By means of criminal force, or show of criminal force, to any person to take or obtain possession of any property, or to deprive any person of the enjoyment of a right of way, or of the use of water or other incorporeal right of which he is in possession or enjoyment, or to enforce any right or supposed right; or
- By means of criminal force, or show of criminal force, to compel any person to do what he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do what he is legally entitled to do.
Description : IPC - SECTION 141 - Unlawful assembly
This section defines unlawful assembly. According to it, for an unlawful assembly there must be a minimum of five persons. The expression 'common object' has nowhere been defined in the Code. It, however, means that the object must be common to the persons comprising the assembly, that is to say, that they are all aware of it and concur in it.