Violators of Govt restrictions to be prosecuted
IMPHAL: The State Government has issued an order directing all persons who were abroad during January or February, 2020 and had returned to Manipur after 1st March, 2020 to furnish their particulars and travel history to the notified agencies (shomemanipur@ gmail.com) on or before March 24.
Chief Secretary Dr J Sureshbabu has issued an order in the name of Manipur Governor to this effect on Monday.
According to the order, the State Government has taken up numerous steps like closure of international boundaries with Myanmar, closure of malls, restaurants, cinema halls, tourist spots, closure of interstate border for passenger vehicles, suspension of all public transport, restriction to gathering of people etc.
With the steps and measures taken up by the State Government so far found inadequate to contain and combat the spread of COVlD-19 in the State, state government, in exercise of the powers conferred under section 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Manipur Epidemic Diseases Covid-l9 Regulations. 2020 read with section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, adopted the measures.
The order stated that all interstate borders has been sealed for movement of passengers by public and private transport, all passenger carrying public transport and private vehicles within the State except goods vehicle has been suspended. All shops, malls, markets, commercial establishments have been closed except shops dealing with groceries/vegetables/medicine/ milk/ LPG/ Petrol pumps. All persons who have been advised home quarantine shall observe it very strictly. The Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police shall ensure strict compliance.
Any congregation of more than 4(four) person is prohibited. All government and private offices shall remain closed except the essential services; Home Department, Police Department. GAD, District Administration, Health, Fire Services, Prisons, Power, PHED, Municipalities, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, NIC both State and District Units, Banks/ATMS, Print and Electronic media, IT and ITeS including postal and internet services, Hospital, Optical Stores, Diagnostic Centers, Pharmacies, Takeaway and home delivery restaurants.
It cautioned that any person found violating the restrictions shall be prosecuted under section 188 IPC -violation of order promulgated by the government, section 269 IPC – negligently doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease, section 270 lPC- malignantly doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease and section 271 IPC knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule etc.
The orders shall take immediate effect and shall be in force till March 31, it added.