CP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar urges people to strictly follow covid appropriate behaviour amid spike in cases

Says, action taken against 60 persons on Tuesday alone for not wearing masks

Special Nakas also installed to oversee night curfew enforcement in city

Jalandhar, April 20-(STN) With an aim to ensure Covid appropriate behaviour being followed in letter and spirit, the commisionerate police on Tuesday held 60 persons for not wearing masks and imposed a penalty of Rs. 60000 besides issuing 159 traffic challans.

Divulging the details, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that all the officials have checked special Nakas installed to ensure proper enforcement of night curfew after 8 pm.

He said keeping in view an upsurge in fresh infections and fatality, it was our collective responsibility to adopt Covid-19 protocols in our routine affairs. He appealed all the citizens to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by state government to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Bhullar told police have already intensified the drive against such violators and so far issued  challans to the people who were not wearing the mask, under the ‘Mission Fateh’ initiated by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and imposed a fine of Rs 29,04,000 on 2904 violators from March 23, 2021 to April 20, 2021.

CP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the Police besides issuing challans have lodged 92 FIRs for curfew/lockdown violations and 110 persons were arrested in these cases of which 23 FIRs lodged for not wearing masks during this period.

The Commissioner of Police said that a total of 6955 traffic challans have been issued so far to the traffic violators and 54 vehicles have been impounded. Similarly, 37 challans were issued for flounting social distancing norms along with a penalty of Rs. 18,500 and a fine of Rs. 11500 imposed on 23 autos.

Mr. Bhullar stated that since the pandemic has hit, Commissionerate police has registered as many as 1859 FIRs and arrested 2508 persons in violation of Covid-19 protocols, with 733 FIRs lodged only against those not wearing masks. He added that 67825 challans were issued for not wearing masks along with a penalty of Rs. 3.89 Crore.

The Commissioner of Police appealed the people to mandatory wear masks and to follow the directives of the government to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. He catagorically mentioned that any kind of violation of Covid appropriate behaviour would be dealt with a heavy hand.