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Pakistan

Web Desk
March 30, 2020

Punjab police cracks down on section 144 violators, hoarders and profiteers

Pakistan

Web Desk
Mon, Mar 30, 2020
The News/via Geo.tv/Files

LAHORE: Punjab police took action against 57 shops and at least four eateries for violating Section 144 ever since it was imposed throughout the province back on March 15, a spokesperson said on Monday.

The police were also alert about hoarders and profiteers, the spokesperson added, and were taking action against them in this regard. A total of 5,663 cases have been registered so far in Punjab over violation of Section 144 since March 15.

According to a police spokesperson, 153 cases have been filed over the violation of the Price Control and Prevention of Profiteering and Hoarding Act. Further action was being taken against those artificially increasing the prices of and hoarding essential food and daily use items.

The spokesperson said 26,401 people had been checked so far at the 1,282 check-posts set up earlier.

Inspector-General of Police for Punjab Shoaib Dastagir in this regard instructed the regional and district police officers to speed up action against those violating the law and ensure that officers and personnel assigned on field duty adhered to preventive measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 15, the Punjab government had announced the imposition of Section 144 throughout the province for three weeks after new cases of the novel virus were reported.

All educational institutions in the province were to remain closed and the teaching staff would also not be permitted to enter schools, colleges, and universities. The provincial government has decided to keep parks, zoos, and picnic points closed for the public.