Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 4
As Covid-19 cases have been increasing each passing day, the Ludhiana police have asked residents to observe a self-imposed curfew. The police made it clear to the residents to stay in their houses and don’t roam on city roads without any valid reason, else they may face action.
“As you know we are passing through the worst phase of the pandemic, all residents are requested to kindly stay at homes unless there is some medical emergency. Lets impose a self-proclaimed curfew for 15 days to break the chain. Anybody found roaming on roads without a valid reason will be questioned and stopped,” stated a message shared by the Ludhiana Police on its official Facebook page and Twitter handle.
After the police posted the message on social media, hundreds of people gave their mixed reactions.
Flag march against violators
The police, led by ADCP Pragya Jain, on Tuesday conducted a flag march to nab violators of the Covid-19 norms. Senior police officials and SHOs of Police Zone 1 took part in the march. The ADCP said several FIRs and challans were issued by the police during the march. Several people found roaming on city roads amid the curfew without any purpose were booked and some were arrested. The ADCP said some people caught on road were given warning to follow the norms, else they might face action. In the past two weeks, the Police Zone 1 registered 153 FIRs and issued 747 challans against the violators.
Nancy said she respects the orders but on the ground level, shopkeepers were helpless as they were not even able to meet their expenses. Let other shopkeepers to open their shops with assurance of compliance of the Covid-19 norms.
Ashutosh Goel says: “Everyone is playing the blame game. Some blame the government, some the police and some others. Let’s break the chain and avoid the blame game.”
Abhishek Sonia says: “Dear Commissioner of Police, as you know we are passing through the worst phase of the pandemic, I have a suggestion to stop the practice of towing away of vehicles from near hospitals, medical stores and labs as people during emergency park their places at such spots and rush for medical aid. When the police tow away vehicles from such areas, attendants and patients face huge inconvenience.”
Liquor vends to remain open
As the state government has allowed liquor vends to run their operations for the stipulated time even during the lockdown, other shopkeepers reacted sharply on social media.
“By giving permission to liquor vends to run their operations during the lockdown, the government had discriminated with other shopkeepers who feed their families with their daily earnings. The government is in favour of booze lovers and liquor vend owners but it is playing havoc with the lives of shopkeepers and their families. If the government is serious about its income from the sale of liquor, we shopkeepers too feed our families with the daily income and who will feed our families during the lockdown if our shops remain closed,” stated many on social media.
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