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Over Rs 89.43L fine from lockdown violators in Mnp

Corrrespondent IMPHAL, Aug 22 | Publish Date: 8/22/2020 12:42:19 PM IST
Manipur police have collected a fine of over Rs 89.43 lakh in its continuing crack down on violators of COVID-19 lockdown and curfew since March 24 last .
A fine of Rs 89,43,250 was collected from 74,836 persons for violating the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the lockdown set by the state government.
A total of 51,833 vehicles were detained during the period from March 23 till Saturday, a police source said. The total amount collected as fine included Rs 40,00 collected from 206 persons detained and released later after warning, it said. State police department has been cracking down on violators of lockdown in the state since March 24, the day the nationwide lockdown was announced.
The police also penalised those not wearing face masks in public places and not maintaining social distancing, the police said.
Like other states of the country, Manipur imposed complete lockdown in the entire state since March 24 last.
Even as the Centre started unlocking,  the state government re-imposed complete lockdown in the whole of the state since July 23 last considering the surge in COVID-19 cases with locally transmitted cases.
Earlier, the complete lockdown was for a period of two weeks. Later, it was extended till August 15 and it was extended further till August 31.
On the advice of the state government, each district administration has also lifted the curfew during the day time since August 16 while promulgating the night curfew from 5pm till 6am. Since lifting of day time curfew, there was a marked increase in the traffic volume across the streets of the state even as petrol retail outlets were restricted from opening.
Traffic congestions were also witnessed on the streets  capital city of Imphal. Apart from traffic congestions, collection of fees at parking was also witnessed in the last few days. The collection of parking fees  were suspended since the very day of commencement of the nationwide lockdown.
Interestingly, even as more people came out for work, most of the localities across the capital banned entry of outsiders in their respective localities. 
To enforce the restriction, members of local youth clubs were detained their members at entry points of their locality to check entry of outsiders.
However, there was no restriction to residents moving out of their locality posing a big question on the restriction to entry of non-residents of the locality.

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