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Guj cops penalise mask violators with ` 2.6 cr fine in 4 days
Ahmedabad: With the Gujarat Government in no mood to bring in another extended lockdown or a weekend curfew, it seems to have decided to pull up socks in enforcing Covid-19 safety protocols.
As an evidence, the Gujarat police have collected fines worth Rs 2.66 crore in 4 days from people failing to wear masks and those spitting in public places, according to an official press release.
Officials said on Wednesday that the fine was collected between April 2 and April 5, with a penalty of Rs 1,000 each on on violators of the mask rule. On an average around 6,600 people were fined every day for violating the mask rule and spitting in public.
The action follows Gujarat Director-General of Police Ashish Bhatia’s instructions to officials to strictly enforce the coronavirus-related SOPs, a press statement said.
“A penalty of Rs 2.66 crore was collected in four days from 26,761 people found moving out without mask or spitting in public,” an official said.
As many as 1,300 FIRs under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code were also registered during this period against people who failed to adhere to the directives issued by the administration to curb the viral spread, it was stated.
At least 2,410 persons were also arrested for flouting Covid-19 related rules and guidelines.
Besides, 2,373 vehicles were seized for curfew violations in 4 major cities during this period, the release said.