Follow lockdown or may have to order shoot-at-sight: Telangana CM

South India

HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said the state government might impose round the clock curfew and issue "shoot-at-sight" orders if people violate the lockdown orders.


Addressing a press conference here, the Cheif Minister said: 

"In US, Army had to be called in to enforce lockdown. If people don't follow lockdown, a situation may arise where we'll have to impose a 24-hour curfew and issue shoot-at-sight orders. I urge people not to let such a situation arise."

The Chief Minister urged all ministers, MLAs and corporators in Hyderabad to "come on roads" to help police enforce the lockdown.

"All elected corporators in the Hyderabad City must come on roads to help police at all the concerned check posts. All the Ministers, MLAs, MLCs and public servants must take the lead role in maintaining the lockdown situation by educating the public. At any cost, the situation of bringing Army, 24-hour curfew or shoot at site orders must not arise," he said.

"We have ordered Collector's to cease their passports. 114 members are suspected. We shall get the results on Wednesday," he said.

He also said action would be taken against those who sold commodities at higher prices.

"Markets supplies and vendors must sell their commodities in their own concerned area itself, no need to move out of their area," he said.

The Chief Minister ordered the closing of shops by 6 pm else their licenses will be cancelled.

"Evening 7 pm to morning at 6 am, the curfew is imposed. No person will be allowed to move out. If there is an emergency dial 100, police will approach for help. Shops must be closed by 6 pm, if any shop found open a minute late, their license will be cancelled. Irrigation works can progress with high sanitization and precautionary measures," he said.

Rao said that the government has ordered to cease the passports of people who are home quarantined, adding if they do not follow rules their passports will be suspended.

Earlier, the Telangana government has announced a complete lockdown in the state till March 31 in view of the virus outbreak.

Telangana has 36 coronavirus positive cases and over 19,313 people are under surveillance.

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed positive cases in India of COVID-19 has reached 562.


With inputs from ANI

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