Coronavirus: FIRs registered against people out for morning walk in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad

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Pune/Pimpri, April 17, 2020: In early morning operation across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, police officials intercepted people going for a morning walk. FIRs were registered against over 150 people.


In Yerwada, FIRs have been registered against 71 people today. They were asked to stay at home and come out only when it is necessary. According to the order of senior officials, Yerwada Police station set up a team to take action against people violating lockdown rule like those going  for morning walk. The action was taken by team comprising Assistant Police Inspector Balbhim Nanaware, API Karpe, PSI Waghmare, under Senior Police Inspector Yunus Shaikh and PI (crime) Waghmare.


Similar action was taken at Bibvewadi against 17 persons, Chatursungi 13, Nigdi 10, Mundhwa 30, Hadapsar 12 and other places. People were also issued warning notices.


Officers from the police stations said that the action was taken as per the orders of Police Commissioner and Joint Commissioner as people were violating lockdown order of staying at home. Crime Branch staffs were also involved in the action which again yesterday across the city.


Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Ravindra Shisve had told, “we have got many complains about morning walkers that they are violating the lockdown rule. Therefore, we have instructed the police station and Crime Branch to take action against such people. We are also appointing chairman/secretary of housing societies as Special Police Officer (SPO) to keep watch on people who violate the lockdown order.”


According to police, only non-political persons will be appointed by the Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) based on the recommendation of the local police station. “Earlier retired police/Army officers used to be appointed but now society secretary/chairman will be appointed as people will listen to them. Also, non-political persons will be only appointed. We will issue a badge to the SPOs which will be valid in their society”, he added.


According to Dr Bhagwan Pawar, the district health officer (DHO), there are 423 patients under Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), 45 under Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and 29 under Pune rural areas. Till now 45 people have died including 43 in PMC, and one each in PCMC and Pune rural (Baramati).


As per the guidance from the Government of India, cluster containment action plan is being implemented in places where clusters of patients have been found in the state. There are 297 active containment zones in the state currently. Total 5664 surveillance squads worked today across the state and surveillance of over 20.50 lakh population was done.


In Pune also many areas have been sealed in the central Peth areas from Mahrishinagar to RTO as well as in Yerwada, Dhanori, Viman Nagar, Hadapsar, Kondhwa, Sinhgad road among others.