IMPHAL: Taking serious note of the frequent violations of the lockdown to contain COVID-19 outbreak, State Home department has issued an order cautioning that anybody other than duly authorized or exempted will be prosecuted and punished under either the Disaster Management Act, 2005 or any other relevant Acts or laws as deemed appropriate.
Special Secretary (Home), Government of Manipur H Gyanprakash in an order issued on Thursday stated that the national lockdown imposed under Disaster Management Act. 2005 by the Ministry of Home affairs Government of India has been in force from March 25 with exemptions of certain activities. However, there has been instances where persons have been violating the lockdown protocols.
For effective implementation of the lockdown and other measures taken up by the Government to prevent the spread of the COVlD-19 pandemic, the Home department has issued the order cautioning that all violators of the orders, instructions issued by the competent authority will be prosecuted and punished under either the Disaster Management Act, 2005 or any other relevant Acts or Laws as deemed appropriate.
It further stated that all persons making false claim for relief or claiming ineligible relief will be prosecuted and punished under section 52 of the Act. All persons indulging in or spreading false warning will be prosecuted and punished under section 54 of the Act.
All persons/companies refusing requisition made under Section 65 of the Act will be prosecuted and punished under section 57 of the Act
The order also empowered all Deputy Commissioners, Addl. Deputy Commissioners, Sub Divisional officers, Incident Commanders and all Police officers of the rank of Sub Inspector and above to act on behalf of the State Government under section 60(3) of the Act.