Director General of Police Shivanand Jha said that the third phase of the lockdown will be strictly enforced in the state to prevent the transmission of the corona virus. The state government has formulated the policy rationally as per the guidelines of the central government. It is necessary for the citizens to continue cooperating as they have done so far.
Citizens who have arrived in Gujarat from other states must be patient and cooperative to reach their homeland. To ensure that they reach their homes safely, the state administration has arranged trains and private buses. If the people take the law into their hands, strict actions will be taken against them.
In lockdown 3.0, special focus is on the red zone areas with high transmission rate. Complete cooperation of people in these areas is absolutely essential. Arrangements have been made to reduce traffic in places where there are more cases by creating containment zones. Continuous monitoring through videography and CCTV in these areas is being done as well as intensive checking of vehicles and individual will also be done. People in these zones and surrounding shall be alert and careful to avoid the need for new containment zones. Jha also informed that Maninagar in Ahmedabad has been declared a new containment zone.
Jha said that implementation of the lockdown will continue to be strict in zones other than red as well. If non-permitted shops or services are open in the area other, legal action will be taken as per the rules. The rule is applicable to orange as well green zones.
Jha requested people in green zones to stay vigilant and not loiter unnecessarily or legal actions will be taken. Pan-masala shops, school as well as colleges will remain closed across the state and entry in religious places will continue to be prohibited.
Talking about attacks on Corona Warriors, Jha said the police will not tolerate this act and strict actions will be taken against the attackers. The attackers will be booked under PASA. So far, 54 individuals have been booked under PASA for 23 offenses.
Throwing light on the significant use of drones and CCTV during the lockdown, Jha said that, the cities and towns are being thoroughly observed through drone surveillance. 86 crimes have been registered through drones. A total of 20,963 people have been arrested for 11,064 offenses to date. Meanwhile, under the Smart City and VISWAS project, 133 individuals have been arrested for 118 crimes reported through the CCTV network tallying up to 3576 individuals for 2482 crimes. Additionally, 33 crimes have been registered so far and 33 people have been arrested through CCTV’s in residential societies.
Similarly, for spreading fake messages and rumors through social media, so far 644 crimes have been registered and 1327 accused have been arrested. 21 accounts have been blocked.153 and 17 offenses have been registered, respectively, through videography and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). 760 offenses have been registered so far with mounted cameras special ‘Prahari’ Van.
Cases that have been registered so far include 2103 of the violation of lockdown, 1059 against those violating home quarantine, and 625 other cases. 6600 vehicles have been seized in the state, added Jha. Police have released 1,71,165 detained vehicles so far.