Assam Police has arrested as many as 241 persons and registered 241 cases so far for violating the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown protocols.
A total of 110 violation incidents have been reported in Assam till March 28th, 2020.
Assam Police has seized 391 numbers of vehicles – 338 two-wheelers and 53 four-wheelers for defying the lockdown rules. An amount of Rs 1,99,000 has been collected as fine from the violators, informed ADGP (Law and Order) GP Singh.
“Assam Police would do whatever it takes to keep people of the state safe by implementing lockdown. We would not spare any effort in keeping the larger population of Assam safe by implementing lockdown,” tweeted Singh.
Streets across the state wore a deserted look as India entered the fourth day of nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus spread in the country on March 28th, 2020.
“For a few days and weeks, please stay home. In the interest of people, we would take firm action for our collective future. Anyone who has no emergent reason should not come out of home,” Singh said in a tweet.
In order to restrict the movement of people, police are strictly checking vehicles and asking commuters to produce identification proof in cases where travelling is essential.
Assam DGP, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta also appealed to the citizens to follow lockdown guidelines. “Otherwise, we will have to take stringent action,” he said.
It may be mentioned, Assam will penalise people who refused to adhere to social distancing protocols in the latest bid to curb the coronavirus.
Assam government stated that anyone found standing in a queue, or sitting, less than a meter (3.3 feet) from another person in a public place will attract penal provision under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, provides penalties for disobeying any regulation or order made under the Act.
Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under this Act shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).
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