Mnp penalises 9,717 persons during 1st phase lockdown

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 14 | Publish Date: 4/14/2020 10:13:59 AM IST

Manipur police penalised as many as 9,717 persons for violating the 21-day-long lockdown form whom they collected  Rs 6,50,550 as fine.

The lockdown to combat spread of COVID-19 in the state commenced from March 22, two days ahead of the announcement of 21 days nationwide lockdown by the government at the Centre.

However, the state intensified the lockdown by clamping public curfew under sub-section 2 of section 144 of CrPC from 8 am of March 24, the day of commencement of the nationwide lockdown.

To enforce the lockdown effectively, police across the state launched an intensified drive against those who violated the curfew. 

They were detained along with their vehicles and produced before the magistrates before being released after imposing fines.

The police have penalised altogether 9,717 persons who violated lockdown/curfew during the period from March 25 till today (April 14) and collected Rs 6,50,550 as fine.

A compiled record of the police department showed that as many as 9055 persons have been detained for violating the curfew along with 5479 vehicles from March 25 to April 13, 2020.

The police further collected Rs 6,00,440 as fine, it added.

Police have also registered at least 15 cases under Disaster Management Act 2005 (COVID-19 Pandemic) and one person has also been arrested for uploading communally inciting message in social media.

As per the compiled report, Thoubal district recorded highest number of curfew violators. 2760 persons were detained along with 1139 vehicles and collected a fine of Rs 1,42,700 in the district.

By detaining 2374 along with 1897 vehicles and collecting Rs 1,15,400, Imphal West district closely follow Thoubal district.

Interestingly, no case of violation of the lockdown/curfew was reported in the hill districts of Kamjong and Pherzawl.

Among the hill districts, Churachandpur district recorded highest number of curfew violation with 830 personsdetained along with 593 vehicles and Rs 37,500 collected  as fine.

The report excluded today’s crackdown against the curfew violators. During today’s drive, a total of 662 persons who violated the curfew were detained along with 365 vehicles.

They were produced before the concern magistrates and fines of Rs 50,550 were imposed, official source said.

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