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Uddhav Thackeray defends '2km rule' imposed by Mumbai Police

The state government backed the police’s order saying that the motive behind the decision was to keep a check on the non-essential and uncontrolled crowding on roads and other places.

Uddhav Thackeray defends '2km rule' imposed by Mumbai Police
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday defended Mumbai Police’s decision to restrict the movement of people beyond the two-kilometre radius. He said that it was necessary to control the uncontrolled crowding on roads. 

The state government backed the police’s order saying that the motive behind the decision was to keep a check on the non-essential and uncontrolled crowding on roads and other places. If this is not done, the government will face a huge challenge in combating the COVID-19 outbreak. 

On Sunday, the police issue guidelines stating that citizens were not allowed to travel beyond 2 km unless it was a medical emergency or if they have to go to work. The police have warned of strict action against those who violate the rule. 

The Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown in the state till July 31. However, it has also initiated the unlocking process under ‘Mission Begin Again’ which has allowed the industries and private offices to open up even in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). 

“Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was not expected that people will venture out unnecessarily out of their homes and cause traffic jams on roads. This will affect our fight against COVID-19. Therefore, the step taken by the Mumbai Police is necessary,” the Chief Minister said. 

The state government has given the power to the local administration and the police. This decision to restrict the movement of people beyond 2-km radius was taken by Mumbai Police acting on those powers. However, this led to a lot of confusion and created chaos. 

The Mumbai Police conducted nakabandi at several places across the city and seized 7,075 vehicles on Sunday. However, nakabandi further elevated the problem of traffic in the city. 

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