Ground Report: Pune police fail to implement night curfew in city limits
Pune district administration on Sunday had declared night curfew till February 28
Pune: When the district administration declared on Sunday that night curfew will be implemented from Monday (February 22) to February 28 between 11 pm to 6 am, it was expected that the execution of this order will be strict enough to curb the spread of coronavirus within the city. However, when we decided to find out the ground reality on Monday night, it was observed that neither police nor district administration were serious about implementation of their orders.
Location: CD Deshmukh (Pune-Satara) Road
Date and time: February 22, from 11.30 pm till 1.30 am (February 23)
Ground Report: Not single police personnel deployed on the entire stretch from Katraj Ghat to Swargate junction. Citizens on two-wheelers, cars, commercial vehicles, cabs, tempos were seen plying on roads without any restriction.
Location: Solapur Highway to Kothrud via Hadapsar, Swargate
Date and time: February 22, 11.30pm
Ground Report: No police bandobast or deployment to check vehicles traversing the city. Unhindered movement of private and commercial vehicles across the city.
Interestingly, Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Ravindra Shisve has issued prohibitory orders on Monday evening stating that strict action will be taken against citizens who are found violating the night curfew orders. The order says that violators of this order will be booked under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act.
Dr Ravindra Shisve said, “It was the first day (Monday) since the order of travel curbs was imposed. We have asked all the establishments such as bars, hotels and restaurants to follow all COVID-19 protocols. Every police station in the city has been ordered to take the measures. We are also requesting people not to venture out unnecessarily. Several areas in the city are been identified where Naka Bandi is imposed and we are taking action against those flouting the norms.”
Meanwhile, on Monday, 328 cases of COVID-19 positive patients, 318 patients were cured and discharged and four deaths were reported in the city. There are 172 critical patients and 379 patients on oxygen support and under treatment in various hospitals in the city. The total number of active cases on Monday were 2,902.