Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Whopping Rs 1.25 crore was collected as fine by Odisha Police from people for not wearing mask which is being recommended as an effective defence against COVID-19 infection.

While briefing Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik about the measures taken by the police administration during COVID-19 lockdown, Odisha Police DG Abhay informed that several people were fined for not wearing masks and a penalty of Rs 1,25,84,180 has been collected from various enforcement drives so far.

Besides, Rs 11,74,350 has been collected for violation of social distancing norms and Rs 3000 for violation of weekend shutdown norms and Rs 1,03,800 for violation of night curfew in different parts of the State.

Abhay further informed that as per the instruction of the State government, special transport arrangements were made to ensure that migrants from other States did not have to travel to their destinations by foot.

Besides, 9,205 women were contacted over the telephone and 53 cases of domestic violence were registered during the lockdown.

While interacting with senior officials of Odisha Police including range DIGs, DCPs and SPs, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik today appreciated the efforts of the police department for creating awareness and enforcing the lockdown.

Patnaik said that “There was so much restraint and dignified conduct in the whole process. My appeal for ‘Zero walking inside Odisha’ for inter-State migrants was implemented in letter and spirit,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik further lauded the good work done by ODRAF and Fire Services personnel in relief and restoration operations in West Bengal after cyclone Amphan.

“People at large saw ‘Human Face’ in police actions. We should carry forward this good work. The corona war is not yet over. We should be very alert and face the situation even more professionally at the same time with human face,” Patnaik added.

Edited By: Bikram Keshari Jena

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