Taking precautionary steps is the only means to curb COVID-19: DGP


Director General of Police Shivanand Jha said that the final phase of the lockdown could prove to be very crucial. Taking precautionary steps is the only means to curb COVID-19.

Police have been given specific guidelines to conduct more surveillance in the affected areas. Briefing about strict implementation of lockdown in a press conference Jha said that arrangements are being made by the police department to ensure that social distance is maintained in the recently shops amidst lockdown.

Tobacco shops, tea stalls, restaurants, salons cannot operate at the moment. If such shops are found to operate, legal actions will be taken against the shopkeepers and the customers. Special vigilance will be maintained for strict enforcement of lockdown and if violation is noticed, immediate legal action will be taken in addition to detainment of vehicles. Jha said that while the number of cases of corona infection are increasing in Ahmedabad city, some bridges have been closed, including ban on movement of people and vehicles. In such a scenario, it is necessary for the citizens to cooperate with the system and maintain social distance.

Citizens can go out every two or three days to buy essential items but not every day. Detailing on the attack on “Corona Warriors” Jha said that accused in the two cases registered on April 5 in connection with the attack on a policeman in Savarkundla area of Amreli have been arrested under PASA.

In another case, a man who attacked a policeman on April 9 in Navsari district has been jailed under PASA. A total of 38 people has been arrested under PASA in 15 such offenses in the state. Detailing on the use of technology amidst COVID-19, Jha said that 283 crimes have been registered through drone surveillance. 18214 people have been arrested in 9193 cases till date.

Under Smart City and Vishvas project, CCTV network has registered 69 offenses and 75 people have been arrested. So far, 1760 crimes have been registered through CCTV and 2713 people have been arrested. In addition to that, 311 crimes have been registered so far and 537 people have been arrested based on CCTV surveillance in residential societies. Similarly, 504 crimes have been registered and 1011 accused have been arrested and 13 accounts have been blocked for spreading fake news and rumours on social media.

595 offenses have been registered through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). 377 offenses have been registered through mounted cameras on the ‘Prahari’ Van. 2569 cases have been registered for violation of the lockdown, 991 against those violating home quarantine and 430 other cases. 8412 vehicles have been seized in the state, added Jha. Police have released 1,20,128 detained vehicles so far.

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