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1,715 fined for violating lockdown norms in Mizoram

Aizawl, May 11 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/11/2020 9:30:11 AM IST

At least 1,715 have been finedfor defying the lockdown and other guidelines relating toCOVID-19 since May 4 in Mizoram, said police.

They were fined for violating the rules after the Containment and Prevention of COVID-19 Ordinance, 2020 came into effect, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) LH Shanliana said during a review meeting.

Over Rs 4 lakh has been collected as fine from the offenders, he said.

The majority of the offenders were those who failed to wear face masks in public places, he added.

Aizawl district recorded the highest number of offenders, followed by the Lunglei district, the officer said.

According to the ordinance, any person, who exposes the identity of coronavirus patients will be punished with imprisonment of three months or with a fine up to Rs 5,000 or both.

Besides, Rs 5,000 fine will be imposed on people who cross border or enter the state, or organise a social or religious event without permission or escape from quarantine facility, as per the ordinance.

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