Bhubaneswar: It seems a significant number of people in Odisha have not been following the Covid protocols as understood from DGP Odisha, Abhay’s disclosures on the amount of fine collected in the month of April for not wearing masks.
In a presser, Abhay informed whopping Rs 5.24 cr-plus fine was collected from people in the State in April for not wearing mask. He further stated the police either fined or prosecuted around 1.5 lakh people during the month for violation of the mask wearing norm.
Moreover, the Odisha Police collected more than Rs 5.66 crore fine from people for not wearing masks and following the social distancing norms.
Emphasising that the police department’s main task is to check the crime, the DGP said persons with heinous crime records and cases pending against them are yet to be nabbed.
But collection of fine for not following Covid protocols and mask wearing norms are being done only in the larger interest of the people of the State, he added.
Around 350 shops or other institutes were sealed for violations of the Covid norms.
While 418 persons were arrested for the Covid norm violations in April, as many as 18,000 vehicles were seized and more than 1,300 excise cases lodged in April, the DGP informed.
“It has been observed that a substantial number of people are not following the Covid protocols. The number of Covid cases will decline in the State if people wear mask all the time,” he added.