Morning walk, evening walk, cycling banned in twin city during lockdown: CP

Bhubaneswar: As the 14-day State-wide lockdown and weekend shutdown are in force in Odisha as a measure to prevent spread of Covid-19 disease, the Twin City Commissionerate Police today appealed the residents of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to stay away from morning walk, evening walk and cycling.

Commissioner of Police, Saumendra Kumar Priyadarshi said according to the Covid lockdown and weekend shutdown guidelines issued by the Odisha government, morning walk, evening walk and cycling are illegal. Despite the directive, it has been observed people in the twin city were seen indulging in such activities, the Commissioner of Police added.

The purpose of the lockdown and weekend shutdown is to ensure people stay indoors and do not come out, so that the Covid disease does not spread further. If people get involved such activities, action will be taken against them, Priyadarshi stated.

He further informed a total of 22 flying squads have been formed to launch drive against hoarders and black marketers of Covid essential items. Strict action will be taken against persons involved in hoarding and black marketing of the essential items.

Cautioning private hospitals in the twin city against overcharging the Commissioner of Police said action will be taken against them if they charge fees from patients more than the rate fixed by the State government.

He appealed people to inform the Commissionerate Police by dialing 112 if the private hospitals overcharge.

ADG (Law and Order) Yashwant Jethwa, who was also present in the presser, informed around one lakh people have been prosecuted in the State in last 15 days for violating the Covid guidelines. A total of Rs 2.8 crore fine has been collected from the Covid norm violators.

While case has been registered against 71 persons, the police arrested 269 persons for violation of the Covid norms, Jethwa added.

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