Pune lockdown: Police to take strict action against violators; digital pass only for essential staff

Akshay Badwe
Monday, 13 July 2020

A strict lockdown will be imposed in Pune from Tuesday. Pune police to take strict action against violators and e-pass for those only in essential services

Pune: Pune administration declared a strict shutdown in the municipal corporations of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, beginning from July 14 to July 23.

The lockdown will be imposed in PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation), PCMC (Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation), Pune Police Commissionerate, Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissionerate, Cantonment Boards and nearly two dozen villages with rising number coronavirus cases.

During the lockdown, the administration has announced that for the first five days (July 14-July 18), stricter lockdown will be forced where only dairies, medical shops and hospitals will be permitted to operate. For the next five days (July 19-July 23), the condition will be reviewed and shops providing essential goods will be allowed to run.

Pune city’s Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ravindra Shisve said, “The lockdown for 10 days will witness the deployment of over 75 per cent of total police strength on the ground. The police officials will focus on movement restrictions through checkpoints, patrolling will be intensified as well as people will be booked if they breach the lockdown rules. Our force will have to be more careful now with a rising rate of occurrence of the contagion.

“People should follow all the rules and cooperate with police officials. People should stay home and should not venture unnecessarily. Those who are working in the essential service sector must apply for the e-pass,” he added.

Those who are working in the essential service sector can apply on this link for the digital pass: https://www.punepolice.in/

Police officials said their units, which have been organising issuance of passes to people for emergency service, will receive more requests during the shutdown and are prepared for the increased load.

Pune Police has nearly 9,000 personnel and seeing the increasing number of cases in the strength, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been issued for routine duties, with steps to be taken after personnel reach home.

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