Many continue to defy lockdown, over 500 detained


IMPHAL, 3rd Apr: Even though the government has imposed complete restrictions on public movement by promulgating curfew under section 144 of CrPC in addition to the nationwide lockdown, many people are increasingly defying the restrictions in the state.

Police in different districts of the state are detaining curfew violators and collecting fines from them. However, number of vehicles on the road is increasing in the last couple of days. At the same time, passenger vehicles are coming to Imphal city in the wee hours carrying vegetable sellers, thus resulting in a normal-like situation in Khwairamband Keithel. Moreover, there has been significant increase in number of roadside vegetable sellers in every nook and corner of the state. Those who come to buy vegetables are not seen maintaining proper physical distance as prescribed by experts even though police could be seen enforcing social distancing in some shops.

RIMS medical superintendent Dr Ch Arunkumar told The People’s Chronicle that COVID-19 has killed over 50,000 people globally. The number of infection and death toll is also rising in the country. Lockdown is an effective way to stop the chain of transmission and everybody should follow the restrictions while at the same time practice preventive measures like frequent hand washing with soaps and water. He also said that using face mask and going outside is not a sure way to prevent infection. 

A member of the public, who came out to buy some medicines, told this daily that one must realise their responsibilities towards stopping the transmission. Except for emergency situations and buying essential commodities, one must remain indoors and practice social distancing as much as possible, the person maintained.

Cracking down against violators of the on-going lockdown, nearly 523 people were detained by the police, 312 vehicles impounded and Rs 31,500 collected as fines from them on Friday. 

As per a report issued by ADGP LO L Kailun, a total of 125 violators were detained and 102 vehicles impounded in Imphal West. Fine totalling Rs 6800 was collected from the violators. 

City Police detained 10 individuals and impounded 7 vehicles while 15 individuals and 15 vehicles have been seized by Imphal Police.

In all 12 individuals and 12 vehicles were detained/impounded by Lamphel Police; 4 individuals and 1 vehicle by Patsoi Police; 17 individuals and 5 vehicles by Lamsang Police; 8 individuals and 8 vehicles by Sekmai Police; 40 individuals and 40 vehicles by Singjamei Police; 15 individuals and 12 vehicles by Mayang Imphal Police and 4 individuals and 2 vehicles by Wangoi Police. 

Ukhrul police also rounded up and detained eight persons for violating the prohibitory orders from different corners of the district. Of the eight detainees, two were arrested for possessing liquor.

Police sources said that the curfew violators were intercepted from different corners of the district like Ngaimu Taloi road, Shirui Langdan and Hungpung areas. They were detained and punished for violating the mandatory 'stay home' rules during the ongoing curfew period.

Meanwhile, two persons were found possessing four and a half local liquor and two bottles of Rum. The duo was subsequently arrested and later let off on bail and BR bond with fines, the police said.

Similarly, in Thoubal district, a total of 106 lockdown violators were detained and 26 vehicles impounded. They were produced before district executive magistrate and collected Rs 2600 as fine. Kakching District Police also detained several people and impounded around 41 vehicles for violating the lockdown/curfew imposed over COVID-19 outbreak. The detainees were made to pay fine amounting to Rs 2900, in total. 

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