The civic body has banned the opening of any shop other than milk parlours and chemists, yet, despite the diktat several shops selling vegetables and tobacco continue to function in Ahmedabad. Even flour mills were reported to be offering their service despite the strict ban imposed by the civic body.
It should be noted that as Ahmedabad is one of the worst affected districts of Gujarat for Covid19, all shops except those selling milk and medicines were ordered to be closed from May 7 to 15.
A video of vegetables being sold in the Shilakeh building in Shahibaug became viral and the police swung into action. To be fair, the cops soon shut down shops wherever reports emerged that the lockdown was being violated. The cops have also registered a case against the chairman of the building Mahesh Vimal Jain.
On Thursday, the cops had also arrested two women Rashidabanu and Sairabanu for selling tobacco during the lockdown. A message of crowd at Charwad in Dariyapur also emerged but cops soon found out that it was a fake message. The cops also registered cases against vegetable vendors for selling during the lockdown in areas such as Paldi, Odhav, Narol and Krishnanagar. A man was held in Krishnanagar for running a flour mill by downing the shutters to give the impression that the shop was closed.