Patiala, April 21
Amid the rising Covid cases, the Patiala police have registered around 45 FIRs for violation of the night curfew over the past 24 hours. However, the same treatment was reportedly not meted out to owners of liquor shops as only two FIRs were registered for violation of the curfew.
The police said Satish Kumar and Gurwinder Singh had opened a liquor shop at Kulemajra village. Similarly, Pawan had opened a tavern at Safera village. FIRs were registered in both cases.
Besides, the police booked Talib Khan, who was running a spa and salon near Sanjeevni Hospital in Patiala
Night curfew is in force in the district from 8 pm to 5 am.
The police said a majority of the violators were walkers, who were strolling on roads during the night curfew. Besides, dhabha, restaurant and shop owners were also booked.
The police said they had come down heavily on violators of the Covid guidelines issued by the government.
Patiala SSP Vikram Jeet Duggal said, “During the past 24 hours, we have registered 45 FIRs against violators under various sections, including 188 of the IPC, the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.”
Apart from registering FIRs, the police made those without mask undergo the RT-PCR test and receive the vaccination. “Over 40,000 such violators have been tested for Covid, of whom 80 tested positive. Nearly 3,500 individuals have been vaccinated,” the SSP said.
To strictly enforce the 8 pm to 5 am curfew, special checkposts have been set up and patrolling carried out. Special checking was conducted to keep a vigil on public gatherings at hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and marriage palaces across the district. — TNS
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