“A lockdown has been announced from 10pm tonight till 5am on April 26. My appeal to the residents is to stay indoors. Most essential services, commodities will be available,” Shrivastava said.
Some thought seems to have gone into formulating the punishment for curfew violations. This should help curb the number of rule-breakers. It is unfortunate that such creative measures were not applied till a crisis hit us. Had this been done earlier in dealing with those defying Covid-appropriate behaviour, we may not have come to this pass.
He has instructed all District DCsP to be sympathetic towards the migrant labourers and extend whatever help and information required.
Delhi Police has, meanwhile, made elaborate arrangements to strictly enforce the lockdown, with a large chunk of the force being brought on the road. This time, police are also planning to raise awareness among the violators on the spot. Apart from legal options, like FIR, arrest and jail, the cops are contemplating to make them aware about Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Delhi Police brass has asked the cops on the ground to replicate last year’s protocols, which involves cracking down on violators and facilitating the needy. District DCsP made in charge of enforcement have been asked to form teams accordingly.
Shrivastava reviewed the preparedness and plan of action to follow on the ground and directed all field officers to enforce restrictions and prosecute anyone found in wilful disobedience to the restriction order without a valid ground or exemption. He has asked the District DCsP to make extensive arrangements of pickets, patrolling and police presence on the ground.
“Anyone coming out of home will be definitely checked and questioned. If anyone is found moving without a valid emergency or movement pass for essential services or goods, they will be stopped, and case registered against them. They may face arrest too. Medical services, food material, fruits and vegetables supply need to go on usual for normal life,” Shrivastava said.
He simultaneously emphasised that the genuine needs of people, such as people in medical emergencies and essential services, would be allowed.
The DCsP were asked to ensure policemen were careful to observe personal safety norms – wearing appropriate mask, social distancing and hand hygiene. It is the responsibility of the DCsP and SHOs to take care of the well-being of their personnel by following strict Covid discipline, stressed Shrivastava.