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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The enforcement squad of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) raided a hotel in Cuttack for flouting COVID night curfew rules on the New Year's eve by celebrating zero night.

Acting on a tip off, the enforcement squad conducted surprise raid at the hotel and issued a show-cause notice to the owner.

Speaking to reporters, Cuttack DCP, Prateek Singh said, “We have put check points at many places to strictly enforce the night curfew regulations. However, with the SCB hospital in the vicinity, we remain careful to not let the patients wait.”

Meanwhile in Puri, security has been beefed up with deployment of 9 platoons of Police force to maintain law and order during the New Year festivities.

As per reports, the pilgrim town has been divided into 13 sectors with one Inspector assigned charge of each sector. To maintain COVID protocols, the sea beach at Puri will have three platoons of Police force deployment with one DSP rank officer and two Inspectors on duty.

According to a notification issued by the SRC on Thursday, random checking of crowd and gatherings at public places such as picnic spots/ malls/ shopping complexes/ hotels/ clubs/ restaurants/ parks/ convention halls/ kalyan mandaps will be conducted to trace out the violators.

Strict enforcement of COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing of at least six feet between persons at public places will be checked.

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