LAHORE: Because the imposition of Part 144 on March 16, the Punjab Police declare to have registered 2,454 instances towards 4,890 lawbreakers underneath the availability imposed to assist deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Police additionally claimed to have arrested 1,017 individuals in the course of the interval, whereas 89 have been launched after warning.
The Punjab Police additionally claimed to have registered 88 instances towards hoarders. On fees of hoarding, 86 accused have been despatched behind the bars.
Punjab Inspector Normal of Police (IGP) Shoaib Dastagir mentioned throughout a gathering that the pressure was implementing Part 144 so as to stop the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in order that the lives of residents may very well be saved.
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Police groups, underneath the supervision of DPOs, are working particular consciousness marketing campaign towards this virus and steps are being taken with the coordination of well being division and different authorities establishments. The hoarders of face masks and sanitisers have been despatched behind bars.
He directed to the cops and unit chiefs that they need to supervise the actions taken towards the violators of Part 144 and progress report needs to be submitted to central police workplace on each day foundation.
He additional mentioned that motion shall be taken towards these individuals who don’t comply with the directions of the federal government. “Officers deputed in field on security duty should be on high alert also to ensure the strict implementation of instructions issued in the wake of the pandemic so that they may also keep themselves safe,” he mentioned.
He directed the district police chiefs that the sphere safety officers and employees needs to be supplied face masks and sanitisers together with different tools. “If more resources are required in this regard, the Central Police Office should be contacted at once.”
Alternatively, Lahore Police Operations Wing established as many as 103 particular pickets in several areas of town on Wednesday to cease individuals from pointless motion.
As many as 11,438 residents have been checked at these pickets and greater than 2,647 have been requested to restrict themselves to houses in the course of the lockdown within the metropolis.
DIG Operations Rai Babar Saeed mentioned that as many as 156 FIRs have been registered towards individuals on violation of Part 144.
The accused individuals nominated in FIRs for violation of Part 144 have been launch after taking guarantee bonds to not journey once more in metropolis unnecessarily.
As many as 2,910 bikes, automobiles, rickshaws and larger autos have been contained from motion within the metropolis. As many as 32 accused have been arrested and 36 FIRs registered in respective police stations on account of sale of face masks and sanitisers at excessive costs to ban hoarding and profiteering.
In the meantime, Lahore Capital Metropolis Police Officer (CCPO) Zulfiqar Hameed has mentioned that notices can be served underneath the police order to the violators of lockdown. On Wednesday he visited numerous police examine factors for higher implementation of restriction impose by the federal government within the wake of coronavirus pandemic. He issued essential directions to make the lockdown simpler.
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The CCPO inspected the checkpoints on Mall Street, Canal Street, Thokar Niaz Baig and Bhubhutian Chowk. He mentioned the police should put on masks and gloves whereas on responsibility.
“Every passerby should be asked why he came out of his house.” He additional directed the officers that to guard themselves towards the coronavirus pointless visits exterior workplaces have to be discouraged. “Citizens also have a social obligation to enforce restrictions voluntarily in the larger interest of society,” he mentioned.
Hameed mentioned exits have been allowed solely in an emergency. “Action will be taken if someone does not take the instructions seriously,” he warned. The Lahore police chief expressed concern that many individuals have been utilizing their automobiles as taxis, which carried the chance of spreading the virus. “This practice should be avoided,” he mentioned.
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, March 26th, 2020.