Twin City: No Morning Walk, Evening Walk & Cycling During Lockdown Period

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Bhubaneswar: Senior police officials on Thursday addressed the people of Odisha and the residents of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Twin City and appealed to follow COVID appropriate behaviour in order to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

A total of Rs 2.80 crores have been collected as fines from violators of COVID-19 norms in the last 15 days, informed ADG (Law & Order) Yashwant Jethwa.

In a televised message, the ADG Jethwa informed that a total of 41 cases have been registered, 27 arrested and 4,300 vehicles seized, during lockdown enforcement in the state.

ADG Yashwant Jethwa further stated that 22 flying squads have been formed to keep an eye on black marketing of essential commodities and fleecing of patients by private hospitals: “Strict action will be taken against those violating the norms announced by the government,” he added.

Yashwant further warned that action will be taken against those private hospitals found extracting money and appealed to the public to report such incidents by calling ‘112’ toll-free number if it comes to their notice. He also urged the beneficiaries waiting for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine no to crowd the vaccination centres unnecessarily and wait for their turn.

On the other hand, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissioner Saumendra Priyadarshi said that the residents of Twin City are cooperating with the police amid the lockdown. Besides, strict measures have been put in place for violators.

The Police Commissioner, however, said that despite the restrictions, people are seen moving out of their houses for morning walks, evening walks and cycling, thus crowding the roads.

Priyadarshi further, urged the residents of twin cities not to come on the streets under the pretext of morning or evening walk and crowd the road during the lockdown period. “Strict action will be taken if anyone found violating, he added.

Similarly, Corporate Companies have been asked to provide a list of employees working during the lockdown to the DCP’s office. The employees can go to their offices by showing the permission letter issued by the employer.

The Twin City Police Commissioner also stated that the 8093028100 helpline number is working round-the-clock and senior citizens facing any problems can dial the toll-free number for assistance. He also said that people seeking permission for marriage and funeral-related functions through WhatsApp.

Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash and Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh also urged the residents of the twin cities to follow the COVID norms and stay inside their houses to keep COVID-19 infection at bay.

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