Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police has collected penalty of more than Rs 5 crore from people for violating mask and social distancing rules enforced to stem the spread of Covid-19.

In a media briefing, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay said, a total of 5, 66, 65,000 fine have been collected for mask rule and social distancing violation in the month of April alone. The police have prosecuted 1.5 lakh people for the offence.

The top cop said a total of 350 business establishments and other institutes have been sealed for defying the Covid protocols. Similarly, 418 persons were arrested for breaking the rules while over 18,000 vehicles were seized during the period. Over Rs 7 crore was collected the owners of the vehicles. Moreover, over 1300 excise cases registered this month.

“Majority of people are following the Covid guidelines. However, a substantial number of people are not obeying the Covid norms. I appeal them to obey the guidelines implemented by the government like night curfew and weekend shutdown,” he said.

“I urge people to follow appropriate Covid protocols. We have become harsh for the safety of people, state and country,” DGP added.

Stating that Covid infection will not spread if all wear marks, the DGP urged all to cover face and maintain social distancing.

“Police are meant to check major crimesand nab criminals involved. We feel happy for the professional work. Detaining people for not wearing masks, making crowd, violating shutdown and lockdown curfew do not give us professional satisfaction. Rather it gives us pain,” he added.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)