GUWAHATI: The City Police personnel were on their toes on Monday so as to ensure total lockdown in Guwahati that began from last night. Drones are in use in the city to monitor adherence to the lockdown rules.
Be it Khanapara, Ganeshguri, Beltola, RG Baruah Road, Chandmari or any other places in the metropolitan city, police personnel, including officers, made their presence largely felt on Monday. Traffic police personnel were also seen at various points in the city.
In the first lockdown since March 24, grocery shops were open, and as such people had some pretexts to come out. However, this time around there has been no such exemptions, barring medical emergency and a few other essential services. It is also seen that people are serious about this lockdown. They are not seen on roads for no rhymes or reasons.
Till 5 pm on Monday 61 two-wheelers, 17 three-wheelers, 32 four-wheelers and two six-wheelers were detained for lockdown violations in Guwahati city. As many as 25 people have also been arrested with the registration of four cases. A sum of Rs 3,000 have been realized as fines from lockdown violators.
Talking to The Sentinel, City Traffic DCP Mayank Kumar said, "We're very strict this time around. Our traffic personnel are very strict in enforcing the lockdown. We're using drones to keep an eye on people if they violate the lockdown rules.
"For those violating lockdown rules have many sections of laws under which they are penalized. Basically such violators are booked under Section 188 of IPC. This apart, there are many other Sections under the Disaster Management Act to penalize lockdown violators. Even traffic police personnel can register cases against lockdown violators under the MV (Motor Vehicle) Act. We can detain car and other vehicles for violation of lockdown rules. Around 60/70 cases have already been registered by traffic police personnel so far today. The figure will certainly go up as all reports come by 9 pm-10 pm."