Challans of more than Rs 20 lakh issued in District Ludhiana

Any violation of lockdown 5.0 and unlock 1.0 would not be tolerated: Deputy Commissioner

Challans of more than Rs 20 lakh issued in District Ludhiana
Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana.

Ludhiana: The District Administration and Police has intensified strictness against people who are violating the lockdown 5.0 and unlock 1.0. Till date, challans worth Rs 20,61,600 have been issued in district Ludhiana under the Mission Fateh of the Punjab government.
    While providing information, Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal stated that 6770 challans worth Rs 18,31,400 were issued to people for not wearing masks, 2178 challans worth Rs 2,23,200 were issued to people for spitting in public, besides three challans worth Rs 6000 have been issued for not maintaining social distancing and persons caught violating home quarantine rules have been fined Rs 1000.
    Mr Agrawal informed that if any person came out of his/her house for purchasing essential commodities, then strict action would be taken against them. He said that he has already directed the police to take strict action against people not wearing masks. He stated that any relaxation in curfew would be given under strict protocol and people would have to follow it. He said that several relaxations have been provided to the residents and that is why, they should prefer not to come out of their homes.
    He informed that these challans can be issued by SDM, Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar, Sub Registrar, Police officials or Gazetted officials. He informed that the amount collected from challans is being deposited at Civil Surgeon Office, Ludhiana.
    Mr Agrawal informed that the Punjab government has directed the officials to take strict action against any person violating the lockdown 5.0 and unlock 1.0. He informed that as section 144 of CrPC has been in force, no relaxation would be provided in this regard.
    Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Kumar Bagga informed that as per directions of the Punjab government, any person not wearing mask would be fined Rs 500, if any bus owner, car owner or auto rickshaw/two-wheeler owner does not follow social distancing rules, then they would be fined Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 respectively. Any person breaking home quarantine would be fined Rs 2,000 and any person spitting in public place would be fined Rs 500.