With the lockdowns and strict Covid guidelines are ordered to be followed across India, the Gurugram police has collected a whopping Rs 7.98 crores since March last year.
Gurugram Police Imposes Fines On Violators of Covid 19 Safety Protocols
As per the statements made by the police, they have imposed fines on over 1,59,602 since March 2020. The police said that wearing facemasks in public is compulsory for everyone in Gurugram. And it has been made compulsory since lockdown was first imposed last year. And not wearing it invites fines and stricter punishments.
Since the lockdown, the police have fined people in the markets and other crowded places including the containment zones and the streets for not following the Covid 19 safety protocols. Along with the shopkeepers, two-wheelers, and the auto-rickshaw drivers who also paid the fines.
Subhash Boken, the spokesperson of the Gurugram Police spoke to the media regarding the same. He said that with the sudden rise in the Covid 19 cases, authorities issued strict instructions to the police including the area Station House Officers (SHOs) to ensure strict implementation of the Covid 19 safety protocols.
He added that many police teams have been deployed across the districts to ensure that the offenders get caught. The police teams have been told to not only issue challans to the offenders but also to make them aware of the seriousness of the pandemic virus.
Boken informed that to make people aware, the police on multiple occasions have encouraged people to wear facemasks in markets and crowded places by announcing it on loudspeakers.
Along with the police personnel, the district administration, authorized magistrates, BDPOs, nail tehsildars, tehsildars, and executive officers of Municipal Committees are also allowed to issue challan to the violators under the Epidemic Diseases Act.
Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Imposes Section 144
Reports suggest that Gurugram recently reported over 3000 Covid 19 cases on the fourth day continuously. Following this, Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg imposed Section 144 across the area. This means, gathering of more than four people unless permitted is prohibited under law.
However, Section 144 does not apply to police personnel on duty, healthcare workers, people working in the essential sectors, and other government officers.