Imphal: As a part of continuous security measures taken up by State Police in order to enforce the curfew and total lockdown in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the State, the state security force has apprehended and detained at least 354 violators on Monday.
Churachandpur District Police has apprehended 56 persons under 109 CrPC and after due verification has released on PR Bond by registering non FIR cases for violating the total lockdown. A total of 39 vehicles were also detained, according to sources.
District Police is determined to intensify the drive and appealed to the general public to extend cooperation to the district administration including the police while taking up preventive measures.
Churachandpur District Police also requested them to help the administration by not venturing out unnecessarily and advised the public to obtained pass for travel from the competent authority and further informed that motor vehicles, except those of government, medical and essential services including the press and media, are not allowed.
On the other hand, Thoubal District Police has detained 130 violators of curfew and total lockdown from different areas of the district.
Nine violators were detained in Thoubal Police Station, 61 in Lilong Police Station, 18 in Yairipok Police Station, 14 in Khongjom Police Station, 15 in Heirok Police Station and 13 in Nongpok Sekmai Police Station.
The violators were produced to the Executive Magistrates concerned and bound down u/s 107 CrPC and 30 numbers of vehicles were imposed with a fine of a sum of Rs. 4000.
Meanwhile, in continuation of the security measures taken up by Imphal West district Police in order to enforce the total lockdown and also to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the State, 168 persons were arrested under 109 CrPC and produced before Executive Magistrates by registering 18 non FIR cases at different Police Stations of Imphal West District for violating the total lockdown.
A fine of Rs. 9800 was imposed and a total of 143 vehicles were also detained.
SP/Imphal West informed that Imphal West District Police has intensified the drive on Monday, in order to crack down on violators very effectively and appeals the general public to extend cooperation to the police in the efforts to prevent the spreading of the disease.
When the retail shops were opened on Friday and Monday, many violated the orders of the District Magistrate Imphal West and came out on vehicles to sell or purchase articles and started clustering at some pockets.
The repeated announcement made by District Police using police vehicles and PA system to stay home and not to come out on vehicles to purchase essential items and also to maintain social distance was rampantly violated.
Appeal was also made that only one person from a household comes out for the purpose through PA system and media. But people came out on in groups in vehicles.
At some places police tried to disperse and maintain order by using loud speakers for even two or three hours but public was persistent. So more effective measures were used to disperse the unruly public, the SP told.
The SP also informed that the retail shops will be opened on Monday, Wednesday and Friday whereas wholesale shops will be opened on Tuesday (Imphal West, Thoubal and Kakching), Thursday (Imphal East and Bishnupur), and Saturday ( all other districts) as per the order of Government issued on Monday.
For retail shops public are asked to procure essential items only from the respective localities and no movement on vehicle is allowed.
As per the order of District Magistrate Imphal West retail shops along Uripok Kangchup Road covering all the areas of Imphal West north of this stretch will be opened from 6.00 am to 11.00 am while retail shops south of it will be open from 12.00 noon to 5.00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The maximum quantity a person can purchase is one kg or one litre except rice as per Government’s order and so appealed the general public not to resort to bulk buying or selling at retail shops and also appealed to strictly follow the order, to follow social distancing and to avoid crowded places. Any person who violates will be booked strictly as per the law, the SP told.