Odisha police collect Rs 67 crore from Covid rule violators | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha police collected a whopping Rs 67 crore from people for violations of the Covid-19 regulations across the state in the last one year. Despite appeals by the government and massive awareness as well as enforcement drives by the police, people continue to throw the Covid safety protocols, including ‘social distancing, mask and no congregation’ to the wind.
According to the data shared by the state police headquarters, altogether 7979 cases have been registered against Covid rule violators in the last one year. A total 14,312 persons have been arrested during the period. Those arrested included 74 persons for rumour mongering and triggering panic about the Covid outbreak.
The police had registered a total 215 cases relating to home quarantine violations, 6912 for lockdown violations, 40 cases against people for clashing with the police during the enforcement activities and 111 cases against persons for spreading rumours about Covid on social media.
Amid resurgence of fresh Covid wave in some states and steady rise in positive cases in Odisha, the state police headquarters asked the commissionerate police and superintendents of police (SPs) to intensify the crackdowns. “We are not showing leniency to the violators. Strict actions are being taken against those not wearing masks and maintaining social distance. SPs have been asked to leave no room for complacency,” additional director general (law and order) and head of the state police Covid enforcement cell, Yashwant Jethwa told TOI.
Currently, the fine for mask wearing violations stands at Rs 1,000 for the first two offences. For subsequent offences, the fine amount is Rs 5,000. For physical distancing violations at shops and other public places, the fine amount is Rs 10,000. Shopkeepers found encouraging violation of physical distancing are being fined up to Rs 10,000 and their shops are sealed.
Recently, the government asked the police to check and ensure strict compliance of the Covid safety protocols, such as mandatory wearing of masks, maintaining physical distance in public places, workplaces and educational institutions. Public awareness through loudspeaker announcements should be made regularly in all marketplaces and haat. Police have also been asked to closely monitor the compliance of Covid guidelines at hotels, restaurants, malls and educational institutions.

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