Mask rule violation: Telangana police register 2.14L cases, collect Rs 13 crore fine

Telangana police have registered 2,14,774 cases for violating mask rule and collected Rs 13.03 crore from violators from June 20 to August 8.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  11 Aug 2021 10:23 AM GMT
Mask rule violation: Telangana police register 2.14L cases, collect Rs 13 crore fine

Hyderabad: Telangana police have registered 2,14,774 cases for violating mask rule and collected Rs 13.03 crore from violators from June 20 to August 8.

On April 11, the government in its order made wearing face masks mandatory in all public places, workspaces, and means of transport. Failing to wear a mask attracts a penalty of Rs 1,000 and prosecution under sections 51, 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, and section 188 of IPC.

Telangana government during the peak of the second wave of COVID19 had imposed lockdown in several phases.

On June 19, the government in its order withdrew the lockdown. The state government, however, stressed the need for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing in the post lockdown period.

During the first fifteen days, Telangana police have registered 87,890 cases for violating mask rule and collected Rs 5.26 crore from violators till July 5. Between July 6 to August 8, police registered 1,26,884 cases and collected Rs 7.77 crore as fine.

It wanted citizens to follow COVID appropriate behavior in order to keep the third wave at bay.

In its affidavit to Telangana high court, Director-General of Police, M Mahendra Reddy said police have been taking steps to ensure COVID19 appropriate behavior is followed and people wear face masks in public places in the post lockdown period.

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