Guntur: The Guntur police set an example for other government departments in following the COVID-19 protocols by making Tulluru traffic inspector Mallikarjuna Rao pay a fine for not wearing a mask in public. He was fined by Guntur urban police Chief, R.N. Ammi Reddy. Reddy provided him with a mask and reminded him to follow COVID-19 rules while discharging duties.

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases, the government has made it mandatory to wear masks in public. Notably, the Andhra Pradesh police have taken up an initiative to make people aware of the importance of wearing masks during COVID-19 times.

As part of the campaign, Ammi Reddy participated in a two-day information drive. Reddy, on Sunday, took a special tour of his area including Lodjikudali, MTB Koodali. On his way, he noticed that traffic CI Mallikarjuna Rao was not wearing a mask. When enquired the inspector said that he had forgotten to carry his mask in his hurry to come to work.

Not satisfied with Rao's answer, Reddy instructed the officials to impose a fine on the CI for not wearing a mask, reported a media house. He then himself brought a mask and gave it to the traffic CI. The SP asked police personnel not to violate the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Centre.

The Andhra Pradesh police department has reportedly issued 18,565 challans for not wearing masks. It had reportedly collected over 17 lakh rupees as a fine through these challans. Director-General of Police (DGP) D. Gautam Sawang also appealed to people to wear masks while going out.

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