Jamshedpur, April 5: The nationwide lockdown imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus is being strictly enforced in the city. Stern action is taken in case of any violation. On Sunday alone 50 violators were nabbed at different areas.
The police said they are registering FIRs under IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and arresting people for violating the restrictions imposed under CrPC Section 144 (which bars assembly of four or more people).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day lockdown across India on March 24 with an objective to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives worldwide.
The police official said only people who are related to essential services are allowed to move and made an appeal to the residents of the district to strictly follow the lockdown and not go out unless it was very important. “If it is necessary to go out, kindly follow social distancing,” he said. He said continuous patrolling in being done through deployment of security forces.
“In sensitive and densely populated habitats, drones have been deployed for monitoring and anybody who violates the order would be met with the strictest of action,” he added.
Movement of people has been limited to emergency and essential services to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus. In effect, it means citizens cannot come out of their homes and move around in public places unless they have an emergency to explain. We had been requesting and advising people to stay indoors. But for the first time in years, the entire city is witnessing a lockdown and authorities can prosecute those found violating the order,” said an official.
City police have deployed a large force of officers at earmarked crossings to check the movement of vehicles. Multiple teams are patrolling the city to ensure people stay indoors.
The administration has issued a lockdown notice, barring essential and emergency services. “Do not step out of home unless absolutely necessary, otherwise it will not be possible to contain the spread of the contagious virus. Else, be prepared to face the police,” an officer said.
Food items and medicines are among services exempt from the lockdown following the outbreak of the virus.