—(1) If, as respects any place or premises in any security area, it appears to the Commissioner of Police to be necessary or expedient in the interests of public security or order, or for the maintenance of supplies or services essential to the life of the community, that special precautions should be taken to prevent the entry of unauthorised persons, he may by order declare such place or premises to be a protected place for the purposes of this Part; and so long as the order is in force, no person shall, subject to any exemptions for which provision may be made in the order, enter or remain in that place or those premises without the permission of such authority or person as may be specified in the order.
(2) Where, in pursuance of this section, any person is granted permission to be in a protected place, that person shall, while acting under such permission, comply with such directions for regulating his conduct as may be given by the Commissioner of Police or by the authority or person granting the permission.
(3) Any police officer, or any person authorised in that behalf by the officer in charge of the division may search any person entering or seeking to enter, or being in, a protected place, and may detain any such person for the purpose of searching him.
(4) If any person is in a protected place in contravention of this section, or, while in such a place, fails to comply with any directions given under this section, then without prejudice to any proceedings which may be taken against him, he may be removed from the place by any police officer or any person authorised in that behalf by the occupier of the premises.
(5) Any person who is in a protected place in contravention of this section or who on being challenged by a police officer wilfully fails to stop or who unlawfully refuses to submit to search shall be guilty of an offence under this Part.
(6) It shall be lawful for the Commissioner of Police to take or cause to be taken such steps as he may consider necessary for the protection of any protected place, and such steps may extend to the taking of defensive measures which involve or may involve danger to the life of any person entering or attempting to enter the protected place.
(7) Where any measures involving such danger as aforesaid are adopted, the Commissioner of Police shall cause such precautions to be taken, including the prominent display of warning notices, as he considers reasonably necessary to prevent inadvertent or accidental entry into any protected place, and where such precautions have been duly taken, no person shall be entitled to compensation or damages in respect of injury received or death caused as a result of any unauthorised entry into any such protected place.
(8) For the purposes of this section, “police officer” shall include —
any member of the security forces;
any prison officer;
any other person performing the duties of a guard or watchman in a protected place, the appointment of whom has been either specially or generally authorised by the Commissioner of Police.
(9) No woman shall be searched under this section except by a woman.