MUMBAI: A total of 113 citizens, including four who were in home quarantine, were booked for violating prohibitory orders under section 188 (disobeying an order of a public servant) on Monday. These cases were registered in the light of the curfew order issued by the state to contain the spread of Covid-19. Apart from these cases, 35 others have been registered from March 18 to March 21. When booked under section 188, one can face a punishment of six months jail or a fine or both.
Four people who were stamped with ‘home-quarantine’ at the airport after arriving from Dubai were booked on Tuesday as well for disobeying quarantine instructions. Three of them had left the hotels they were asked to stay in and come to Wadala, where they were found. They were sent to forceful institutional quarantine, said deputy police commissioner (Port Zone) Rashmi Karandikar. A 62-year-old woman from Sanpada was also booked on Tuesday for violating home quarantine orders. Civic officials checked on her on Tuesday, and found that she had gone to Santacruz. She, along with three of her family members, were sent to Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s quarantine centre in Vashi.
The maximum number of people booked for an offence on Monday was 53. These were people found running shops selling non-essential commodities. Following these were hawkers (18 cases) and hotels (16 cases) that remained open despite the curfew declared by CM Uddhav Thackeray. Motorists out for non-emergency purposes were also caught after the curfew was announced.
“The 112 were booked under section 188 of Criminal Procedure Code. Among the 112, three were those who had returned from abroad and were stamped for home quarantine for 14 days. They were found roaming outside,” said city police spokesperson, deputy police commissioner Pranaya Ashok. The fourth citizen booked on Monday for violating home quarantine orders was a 24-year-old man from Nerul. The youth, who had returned from UK on March 18, had travelled to Dombivli. Authorities there were informed and he was quarantined in Dombivli itself.
Ashok said action was taken against hotels and other establishments for flouting lockdown rules, by police teams and civic ward officials. Police also said that people were violating orders despite instructions, and that strict action would be initiated if they continued to do so. Lockdown and curfew are in force in the state to contain the spread of coronavirus.
(With inputs from George Mendonca)
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