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FIR against 40 persons in Ahmedabad for carrying out procession in Khadia


Taking strict action against some over-enthusiastic people holding a procession during the ‘Janta Curfew’ in Ahmedabad, the city police has booked 40 people for carrying out a procession in Khadia at around 5 pm on Sunday.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked people to applause for the emergency responders who are managing the coronavirus crisis. However, these over-enthusiastic people came out on the streets in large numbers and carried out a procession, thereby defeating the purpose of the ‘Janta Curfew’.

Notably, the violators who have been booked are residents of Raval sheri, Bhav ni pol, Fafda ni pol, and Parvadi ni pol among others.

Ahmedabad police commissioner Ashish Bhatia said: “We request citizens to stay at home and avoid any commute if not absolutely necessary. We have set-up police station-wise checkpoints that could enforce CrPC Section 144 that ban assembly of more than four people”.

The commissioner added that the city police have got the list of 900-odd persons who are under home quarantine in Ahmedabad. “Police mobile teams will visit these residences to check on people under home quarantine. If they are found flouting the norms, they would be counselled first. However, if they refuse to obey, the health department would be roped in and legal action would be initiated against them,” he said.

Notably, the city police have already registered three FIRs in Ghatlodia, Odhav, and Maninagar for flouting the home quarantine rules.

Bhatia also said public transport including cabs and rickshaws will not be allowed to operate during the lockdown in the city. Notably, the Gujarat government has put Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, and Kutch under lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.