Mumbai Police files cases against 1,838 for roaming during lockdown

Mumbai Police files cases against 1,838 for roaming during lockdown

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a nationwide lockdown is in place which was announced on March 24. Since the lockdown, everyone apart from the ones engaged in essential services has been directed to stay at home. Despite the authorities repeatedly asking people to maintain social distance and requesting them to stay at home and go out only when absolutely necessary, some people have not been paying heed to the directives.

As on date, Mumbai has recorded 458 cases of COVID-19 and people still fail to understand the gravity of the situation. Taking cognisance of which, Mumbai Police has been filing cases against these irresponsible individuals. Mumbai Police has filed 1,838 cases so far.

Initially, the policemen had lathi-charged at the people who were out on the roads but after CM Uddhav Thackeray directed the officers to be compassionate, they were directed to not use force on civilians.

The police have started filing cases against the defaulters and even made some arrests. Out of the 1838 cases, 1,443 people have been released after they were served warning notices, 287 have been released on parole, and 117 are still absconding and police is on a lookout for them.

In these 1,883 cases there are also shopkeepers and vendors, who had kept their shops open after the lockdown was announced.

Along with this, Mumbai Police has also been cancelling licenses to curb the flow of private vehicles in the city during the lockdown and prosecute repeat offenders. While the police will observe some leniency for first-time offenders, second offences will be taken very seriously. 

Mumbai Police have been monitoring social media platforms as well to curb the spread of fake news and registering cases against the ones that are spreading misinformation regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak in the state.