COVID-19: 35,000 cases of prohibitory orders, quarantine violation in Maharashtra


Maharashtra Police have registered over 35,000 offences across the state against those violating prohibitory orders and quarantine guidelines during the lockdown imposed since last month.


In an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus and strictly enforce the lockdown, the police started taking stern action since March 22 by registering cases against offenders under Indian Penal Code Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).

According to the official report, so far, the police have arrested at least 2,525 people across the state under IPC Section 188.

Besides, there been 70 cases of assault on police personnel for which 161 people have been arrested, Nearly 475 people have been found violating the quarantine orders.

As per the report, Police have so far handled more than 61,000 calls at their various control rooms in connection with coronavirus and related issues.

Till Saturday, police registered 803 offences for illegal transportation , 19,675 vehicles were seized and Rs 1.23 crore fine was collected from their owners.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the highest number of COVID-19 cases was reported from Maharashtra , followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. Most probably, India will extend the nationwide lockdown imposed last month to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with state ministers, and many of them urged the government to prolong the measure.

There has been no official confirmation to extend the national lockdown, however, some state-wide extensions have now been announced.

Maharashtra has extended the ongoing lockdown till April 30. 

Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said the lockdown can be relaxed in certain areas while on others it will become stricter. He also added that the decision on lifting the curbs completely after April 30 will be taken depending upon the prevailing situation.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from Agency

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