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After Ahmedabad and Surat, curfew imposed in parts of Rajkot

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After imposing curfew in parts of Ahmedabad and Surat, the state government on Friday announced the imposition of curfew in Rajkot’s Jungleshwar area. The curfew will be effective from Friday midnight.

“Wherever there is widespread coronavirus infection and so that we can curb the virus spread and so that the medical inspections can be carried out, we have decided to impose curfews in such areas in the state,” said DGP Shivanand Jha on Friday.

“Till yesterday, we had imposed curfew in certain parts of Ahmedabad and in Surat. From today midnight we have decided to impose a similar curfew in Rajkot’s Jungleshwar area and Rajlaxmi society. The 2.5 square kilometre area is densely packed with a population of over 50,000. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in this area is also very high. So to curb the spread of the virus, we have taken this decision. The entire area comes under the jurisdiction of a single police station of Bhakti Nagar,” added Jha.

“3 State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) companies have been deployed on top of the existing police force of Rajkot for the implementation of the curfew. Besides that, eight horse rider teams have also been deployed to monitor the curfew area,” added Jha.

Similarly like Ahmedabad and Surat, a relaxation to buy essential commodities like milk, vegetables, groceries, and medicines will be given only to women between 1 and 4 pm in the areas under curfew.

“It has been observed that during the curfew relaxation hours between 1 and 4 pm in Ahmedabad, women are not maintaining social distancing norms. If this continues, we will be forced to take action against them. Every kind of violation of curfew will be acted against,” the DGP said.

“For the violation of curfew, the police have registered 74 complaints in Ahmedabad and in that 82 persons have been arrested. Similarly, for these violations in Surat, 26 complaints have been filed by the police and 26 persons have been arrested,” added Jha.

“We are constantly monitoring the curfew areas through drones and CCTV and any violation will not be tolerated and will be acted against. Out of the total police complaints in Surat for violation of curfew, 4 complaints were filed on the basis of drone footage,” added Jha.

On Friday, Gujarat crossed the 1,000-mark, with a total of 1,021 COVID-19 positive cases. Ahmedabad has the maximum number of positive cases at 590, followed by Vadodara 137, Surat 102, and Rajkot 28. Thirty-eight deaths have been reported in the state due to the deadly virus.

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