Bhubaneswar: A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced 14-day ‘Mask Abhiyan’ to fight the second wave of Covid-19, the Commissionerate Police has formed special teams to keep an eye on the violators.

Bhubaneswar: A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced 14-day ‘Mask Abhiyan’ to fight the second wave of Covid-19, the Commissionerate Police has formed special teams to keep an eye…

“Special teams have been formed and as many as 10 platoons of forces are being deployed to conduct foot patrolling daily. The PCR vans are also running to ensure whether people are wearing masks and wherever necessary violators will be taken to task, informed Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash.

Apart from the police personnel, CCTV cameras installed at various places in the city will also keep a vigil on the violators of Covid-19 safety protocols, Dash said.

“We are monitoring various places in the city through CCTV control room and checking whether people are wearing masks and creating gathering at any market place. Based on the footage the police team will reach the particular area and carry out enforcement,” he said.

“As the fine amount has been enhanced, we are hopeful that public will cooperate and follow the mask and social distancing guidelines properly so that police will not have to impose fine on them. People are urged to lend their full support to fight Covid-19,” the DCP added.

On the second day of the special COVID enforcement drive, Odisha Police on Friday acted against 11801 people violating mask usage norms and social distancing rules and collected fine of Rs 26,61,450.

On third day of the special drive, Rs 38, 98, 250 fine was collected from 12145 violators of mask usage and social distancing rules.

Cumulatively, in three days, action has been taken against 33346 violators of Covid protocols in the State and penal fines amounting to Rs 90, 67, 600 have been collected.

(Edited By Surykant Jena)

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