Pune: A strict lockdown has been imposed from Tuesday in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad amid the rising cases of the novel coronavirus. On the very first day of lockdown 6.0, the Pune police took the strict action against more than 620 people under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code most of them are under section 188.
The Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar had declared lockdown starting from Monday night till July 23. The first phase of lockdown (July 14-July 18) will only allow essential shops to run which includes dairies, medical shops and hospitals while the second phase (July 19-July 23) will witness some relaxations.
Acting on the direction of Pune city police chief Dr K Venkatesham and Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ravindra Shisve, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Bachchan Singh, the police personnel in the city kept a close on the lockdown violators on Monday.
The police had deployed its staff on 103 check posts (Nakabandi) during day time and 55 such nakabandi points at night amid the shutdown.
On the first day of the strict lockdown, 640 violators were booked in the city limit.
Under the relevant section of 188 around 253 cases were registered while 236 vehicles were seized by the police. Also, over 73 people were served with the notice under 144 sections of IPC and 31 were penalised for not wearing masks.
Speaking to Sakal Times DCP (Crime) Bachchan Singh said, “People should avoid unnecessary travel and follow the guidelines given to them by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and other government guidelines. While our police were nabbing such violators we came across that the various companies and industrial HR heads have been empowered to give passes but people misusing the provisions of passes will be dealt as per law.”