Now Apply Online to Get Pune Police Permission For Travel During Lockdown

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Sumit Singh

Pune, March 27, 2020: After getting thousands of calls, messages on WhatsApp numbers, Twitter and Email, Pune City Police have now asked people to apply online for getting permissions for vehicle movement during the lockdown curfew period due to Coronavirus outbreak.

DCP (crime) Bachchan Singh said, “To facilitate digital pass/permissions, please fill details on If approved, you will get an SMS with QR code which needs to be shown to policemen whenever asked. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.”

Officials said that exemptions will be given only in exceptional circumstances. Punekars are requested to cooperate with Pune police”

According to police officials, the four WhatsApp helpline numbers were flooded with requests from people for travelling. Police have received over 20,000 requests in the last three days. Many people complained that they were not getting replies from police even after a day.

To address concerns of citizens regarding 144 CrPC orders; (vehicular permissions, exemptions etc.), Pune police has set up a dedicated Grievance Redressal Team comprising of six staffs in the day and two staff in the night. The team is being supervised by DCP (crime branch) Bachchan Singh.

As curfew has been clamped in the whole state including Pune City where vehicle movement is not allowed, except those engaged in essential services, Pune city police have come out with a solution to help people who have genuine reason to travel.

Police officials said that about 50 percent of the requests were from people who needed medical help, 20 percent were from staffs of hospitals, while 5 percent requests were from students who lived in hostels needed food. Also, 5 percent requests were from senior citizens, spouses and children, living separately who required help to move from one place to another.