Manipur police face challenges in enforcing curfew

Police on Tuesday detained as many as 312 persons and released later after warnings; Collected a sum of Rs 1,32,760 as fines on Tuesday as they continued to crack down on violators of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions including curfew.

Police personnel in Manipur are experiencing hard times dealing with people who come out on the streets during curfew.

Many people are moving out on the streets taking advantage of relaxation being given to the essential services.

“We are facing hard times as people are coming out and we have to stop and verify the reason behind them moving out,” a police officer on duty said. “If any of them was found moving out without any reasonable purpose, they were detained and released after slapping fines”, he also said.

Imphal West and Imphal East districts are among the seven districts where the state government placed a complete curfew till May 17 in view of rapid spread of COVID-19 infections. The curfew commenced from May 8 also extended in Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur and Ukhrul districts.

Meanwhile, police on Tuesday collected a sum of Rs 1,32,760 as fines as they continued to crack down on violators of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions including curfew.

Adding today’s collection, the police have so far collected Rs 2,01,42,860 as fine from the violators, a police source said on Tuesday. The source further said that including 312 persons detained today, the state police have so far penalised 1,39,625 people and 51,850 vehicles.

Police enforcing curfew at Khurai Lamlong Bazar in Imphal East district on Tuesday

The police have been conducting drives against people who violated guidelines and restrictions imposed by the government from time to time to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic since March last year. The police detained those who came out in the public place without wearing masks, failing to maintain social distance and spitting in public places.

In today’s drive, as many as 312 persons were detained and released later after warning. Further, altogether fined a sum of Rs 1,32,760 as per law, the police also said.


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