Director General of Police Shivanand Jha said that a watchful eye is being kept on containment areas across the state including red zones to prevent further transmission of Corona Virus.
In lockdown 3.0, the implementation of the lockdown will be stricter in the red zone areas with high transmission rate. More companies of paramilitary force have been deployed. A total of 7 additional companies have been allotted by the Central Government including 6 BSF and 1 CISF. Out of the 7, 5 companies will be operating in Ahmedabad. 8 companies of paramilitary force have been deputed to enforce the lockdown. A total of 38 companies have been allotted in Ahmedabad city, including the city’s police force, SRP, and paramilitary. Besides, two companies have been deployed at Vadodara and a total of six companies at Surat.
The state police force and paramilitary forces are on duty with high morale. Masks have been provided to them. They have also be provided with proper facilities to wash hands every two hours and sanitize themselves.
Arrangements have also been made in orange zone and green zone as per the guidelines of the state government to curb the spread of COVID-19. It is necessary that citizens adhere to the guidelines in the Red, Orange, and Green Zones. Appealing to the seniors of the religious institutions, Jha said that no gatherings should be held at religious institutions and intensive checking would be done by the police. Action will be taken if people are seen gathering at religious places.
During the lockdown, educational institutions, theaters, party plots, malls, etc., have been instructed to remain closed. Legal action will be taken against them if people gather at these venues. Jha also reiterated that citizens must avoid social, family, and religious gatherings.
Jha said that medical services have been exempted from the lockdown as it is essential for people to have access to medical services easily and immediately to prevent corona infection. Hence, doctors can open their clinics. The police department is ensuring assistance to those involved in medical services, including doctors and paramedical staff.
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. 155 crimes have been registered through drones. A total of 21391 people have been arrested for 11355 offenses to date. Meanwhile, under the Smart City and VISWAS project, 70 individuals have been arrested for 60 crimes reported through the CCTV network tallying up to 3745 individuals for 2629 crimes. Additionally, 20 crimes have been registered so far and 13 people have been arrested through CCTV’s in residential societies.
Similarly, for spreading fake messages and rumors through social media, so far 668 crimes have been registered and 1388 accused have been arrested. 17 accounts have been blocked. 132 and 42 offenses have been registered, respectively, through videography and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). 883 offenses have been registered so far with mounted cameras special ‘Prahari’ Van.
Cases that have been registered so far include 2213 of the violation of lockdown, 782 against those violating quarantine, and 571 other cases. 6522 vehicles have been seized in the state, added Jha. Police have released 1,87,565 detained vehicles so far.