Police and traders in two different areas of the city clashed over payment of fine for not wearing a mask. The cops had fined traders in Naranpura and Bapunagar for not wearing masks.
The traders were asked to pay Rs 1000 fine but they refused and picked up a fight with the cops. The police later registered a case against them.
As per the complaint, two people were standing outside a paint shop Dadudha Colour Paint in Shanti Apartment in Naranpura.
The police fined them Rs 1000 for not wearing a mask. But the trader got angry saying that the receipt mentioned Rs 200 as fine but the cops were charging him Rs 1000.
The cops clarified that they were fining him as per the revised norms but the two continued to allegedly abuse the cops. The police later filed a complaint against Bajrang Badoriya and Dinesh Badoriya.
In another incident, police fined the shop owner and five other present at Deepanjali Creations, a shop in Safal 4 complex near Amdupura in Bapunagar, for not wearing a mask.
The shopkeeper began abusing the cops and threatened to report him to his superiors. As the shouting and abuse continued a crowd gathered and the cops had to take the trader to the Shaherkotada police station where a complaint was filed against him.
The trader was identified as Hiteshsinh Umat, 40, a resident of New Naroda’s Swaminarayan Park.
Guj govt increased mask fine to Rs 1000
In a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that people did not step out in public without a mask, the Gujarat government had on August 10 increased the fine for not wearing a mask in public places to Rs 1,000 from the earlier Rs 500.
The decision came after the Gujarat High Court asked the state to fine a minimum fine of Rs 1,000 from those found without masks in public places.
Earlier the fine for it was Rs 200 which was increased to Rs 500 before benign jacked up to Rs 1000.
The high court’s direction came after the state government informed the court that hiking the fine for not wearing a mask to Rs 500 had led to a significant decrease in the number of people who violated the rule.
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