318 held for curfew violations in 2 weeks

318 held for curfew violations in 2 weeks

Police deployed outside SSD Girls School near Gol Diggi, a makeshift open jail for curfew violators in Bathinda. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 7

Despite the curfew imposed to contain the spread of Covid, a large number of residents in the region were found violating the restrictions. Acting tough against the violators, the police have booked them under the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Disease Act, along with the IPC.

According to the data, as many as 164 cases were registered and 318 persons were arrested in Bathinda Range, which compromises Bathinda, Sri Muktsar Sahib and Mansa districts, between March 23 and April 5. In Bathinda district, 54 cases were registered, while 129 persons were arrested. In Mansa, 61 cases were registered, while 141 persons were arrested. Similarly in Sri Muktsar Sahib, the police registered 49 cases and arrested 48 persons for violating the curfew orders.

Arun Kumar Mittal, IGP, Bathinda Range, said, “In all three districts, the police are keeping a close watch on violators and the situation is under control.” He said to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the police are acting tough against curfew violators. He said people with emergency condition were being allowed to visit medical stores.

The Bathinda police have also made SSD Girls’ School located near Gol Diggi in the city a makeshift open jail for the curfew violators. On Tuesday, the police arrested nine persons for roaming on roads without genuine reason.

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