Mumbai: Maharashtra Police has so far booked more than 2.32 lakh persons under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code since the lockdown began on March 22 in the state. Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, so far 33,719 persons have been arrested and a fine of Rs 22.02 crore has also been collected from citizens on account of various offenses.
The state government is trying its best to curb the spread of Covid-19, but despite repeated instructions, citizens are violating lockdown norms. Therefore, since the lockdown was imposed on March 22, about five months back, police have registered 2 lakh 32 thousand 584 cases in the state under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC.
Police had issued 7.73 lakh e-passes for essential services between March 22 and August 21 in the state. Employees engaged in the essential services were exempted by the police. 335 police personnel were attacked or assaulted during this period. Police have arrested 890 persons. Also, during this period, 1.10 lakh calls were received on the '100' number which is the helpline of the police.
Covid-19 outbreak has created a panic and fear in the minds of citizens of the state. Due to this fear, many people across the state who had been stamped with quarantine stamps had fled from the quarantine cell. 829 such persons were traced again re-admitted to the isolation centre.
During this period, the police have also taken major action against the illegal transporters. Cases have been registered against 1347 vehicles and 95,944 vehicles have been seized. Maharashtra currently has 311 police officers and 2167 police personnel infected and undergoing treatment for Covid-19 disease.
Home Minister Deshmukh has appealed to all citizens to cooperate by following the rules. “Every citizen of the state is expected to participate in the fight against Corona. We all have a big responsibility to maintain social distancing,” he said.