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‘Over 1500 Coronavirus Lockdown, 61 Quarantine Violation Cases Registered In Odisha’

Bhubaneswar: Over 1500 cases of coronavirus lockdown violation have been registered in Odisha, informed DGP Abhay on Monday. Terming the lockdown enforcement as unprecedented, Abhay said that Odisha Police got ample time for enforcement as it was implemented in a phased manner in the State.

“We have deployed 162 platoons of police force, over 700 additional Sub-Inspectors and over 1,000 vehicles are being used for enforcement of the lockdown,” said Abhay.

Abhay further informed that as clear instructions were issued to all officials and personnel to remain firm and behave in a polite manner, there has been no instance of use of force in Odisha during the enforcement of the lockdown.

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“We were forced to register cases against people who have been advised to remain in home quarantine for violating such order. So far we have registered 61 cases of quarantine violation,” said Abhay.

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Abhay further informed that around 90 per cent people are following the lockdown norms and so far we have registered nearly 1500 cases for violation of lockdown norms in the state.

Meanwhile, two constables were placed under suspension today for thrashing and forcing some youths to crawl on their knees on road for violating coronavirus lockdown norms in Bolangir on Monday. Taking stern note of the police action, Bolangir SP Sandeep Sampad placed the two OSAP constables- Suryakant Samantray and Pradyumna Samal under suspension. Both Suryakant and Pradyumna, who were posted in Bolangir town along with others on lockdown duty, had caught hold of the youths who were seen moving on road yesterday night.

Though Odisha Police is trying its best to create awareness among people so that they stay in their homes to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many people are seen roaming on streets without any valid reasons. Senior officials informed that 224 cases were registered for violation of guidelines related to COVID19 between March 29 and March 30. Out of the total 224 cases, 221 cases were registered for violation of the lockdown and three cases for violation of home quarantine.

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In another development, a youth was arrested on the charges of attacking two constables of Chandbali Police Station in Bhadrak. According to reports, both constables had accompanied additional tehsildar for patrolling and review of the lockdown situation at Baligaon chhak when they were attacked. As per reports, the patrolling team found some youths loitering in the chhak and pulled them up. Later, one of the youths attacked the constables with a wooden plank. The injured constables were subsequentlty rushed to Chandbali Community Health Centre. Later, the accused youth was arrested in connection with the incident.

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