Book lockdown violators: Home secretary to states



NEW DELHI/IMPHAL, 2nd Apr: The government on Thursday directed states and union territories to book under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 people who violate lockdown rules or make false claims.

In a letter to all chief secretaries of the states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the lockdown measures issued on March 24 clearly mention that "any person violating these containment measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC".

It is requested that for the attention of the public authorities and citizens, the penal provisions under the DM Act and IPC should be widely circulated and for violation of lockdown measures, action under relevant provisions shall be taken by the law enforcement authorities, he said.

The move came in the wake of reports of violation of lockdown in different parts of the country and clashes by some people with health workers and police.

Here in the state, police continued to detain several people who were found violating the lockdown imposed by the government to contain COVID-19.

In Thoubal district, the district police pulled up 85 people for violating the curfew and lockdown, of which 9 were detained by Lilong Police, 12 by Yairipok Police, 36 by Khongjom Police, 23 by Heirok Police and 5 by Nongpok Sekmai Police.

Imphal East District Police also detained the owners of 118 vehicles, who were produced before the executive magistrate and made to pay fine, amounting to Rs 10800 in total.

State police also arrested 374 individuals and seized 219 vehicles for violating lockdown imposed by the government and also collected Rs 13,100 as fine from them on Thursday, according to a statement issued by ADGP (LO) L Kailun.

CCPur police detained 98 persons (88 male and 10 female) and impounded 92 vehicles (73 two wheelers, 2 three wheelers and 17 four wheelers) for violation of lockdown and non-possession of curfew pass. All the detained persons were later released after execution of PR bond and bail bond along with the seized vehicles after verification, proper briefing and strict warning.

Bishnupur district police also detained 67 people and impounded 48 vehicles at different locations of the district on Thursday. Of them, 31 were produced before SDM and a total of Rs 5200 collected as fine.

In Tengnoupal, the district police detained 29 people and seized three vehicles at different locations for violation of curfew/lockdown in Moreh town. Police also collected Rs 5450 as fine from them after producing them before the SDM concerned.

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