Intensifying its crackdown on the Covid-19 lockdown violators in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police on Monday sealed several shops operating at different locations in the Capital City and imposed penalties on their owners.
A joint team of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Police reportedly conducted surprise raids in six zones of Bhubaneswar and sealed 42 shops.
Many mobile phone shops at Bapuji Nagar were sealed and fines were collected from their owners, said reports.
Similarly, as many as 18 shops dealing with automobile spare parts, repairing, tea and liquor located along Cuttack-Puri Road were also sealed and penalised during the raids.
"Since the beginning of the lockdown, we have been conducting barricading and checking at key points of the city. We are also doing surprise raids at several places. People are requested to follow Covid appropriate behaviour," appealed Manas Ranjan Garnaik, Zone-1 ACP.
"During the surprise raid today, we found many mobile phone shops opened at Bapuji Nagar in violation of lockdown norms and sealed them. A liquor shop was also sealed at Ashok Nagar and strict action will be taken against the owner. Police will continue to take action against the violators," informed Garnaik.
On the other hand, a team of Commissionerate Police led by Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh visited markets near Badambadi Bus Stand in the Silver City to check implementation of the lockdown.
The police team was seen asking vendor and consumers to wear masks and maintain social distancing during the inspection.
"No vehicle is allowed inside the market. Our focus is to control crowd in market places of Cuttack. People are gradually becoming casual and coming out of their houses. The enforcement is for their protection and I request people to abide by the norms strictly," appealed the DCP.
(Edited By Ramakant Biswas)