Gujarat director general of police (DGP) Shivanand Jha on Wednesday warned people not to step out of their home and loiter on the streets for unnecessary reasons during the lockdown or be ready to face strict action. Jha had earlier too requested people to follow the directives issued by the government and the local authorities and not to step out of their home unless it is an emergency.
The DGP also informed that the police have deployed 205 drones for tracking down people who are violating the lockdown guidelines and FIRs are being registered against the violators. This apart, the police are also using the CCTV footages from the cameras installed across the state for initiating action against the violators.
He said the footage shot by the drones was used to register 471 FIRs. So far, 2,565 FIRs have been registered since the imposition of the lockdown last month and a total of 6,151 violators have been booked.
Speaking on the issue of tracking of Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the religious congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz and returned to Gujarat, the top cop said 121 members of the religious sect have been identified so far in the state. He said 11 out of them have tested positive for COVID-19, whereas the remaining have been put under quarantine as a precautionary measure.
The DGP also said police has intensified vigil in various coronavirus hotspots of the city that have been already barricaded. We have also introduced thermal screening of people to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.