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273 held in twin cities for violation of govt directives against coronavirus


March 27, 2020

Rawalpindi : As many as 273 people were reportedly arrested here on Thursday for violation of Punjab government directives against coronavirus pandemic.

Rawalpindi Police have been taking stern action against people responsible for violating preventive measures against coronavirus.

On instructions of CPO Rawalpindi DIG Muhammad Ahsan Younis, special picketing points have been established at different roads and points in Rawalpindi to keep check against pillion riding, public transport and violation of section 144 in the city.

In this connection, 157 cases were reportedly registered in different police stations of Rawalpindi and 273 people were reportedly arrested for violating preventive measures against coronavirus.

CPO Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younis stated that police is alert to ensure implementation on directives of the government to keep a check on outbreak of coronavirus. He also added that police mobile squads are making announcements in mosques all over the city by appealing public to stay inside homes.

Police pickets have also been made at different roads and localities to keep check on violation of government directives against coronavirus.

In Islamabad police nabbed 116 persons for violating section 144, said a press statement issued from DIG Operations office on Thursday.

Inspector General of Police (Islamabad) Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar appreciated the doctors and para-medical staff performing services at this critical time and treating patients facing coronavirus.

He termed them as ‘heroes of the nation’ and asked police officials to salute those health staff performing duties in this critical time. The IGP also appealed the people to cooperate with police, district administration and law enforcers in combating Coronavirus and stay at homes as a precautionary measure. The IGP said that police officials should ensure maximum cooperation with health staff as they are on the front-line in fight against Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Islamabad police arrested 116 persons over violation of section 144 during last 24 hours and also registered 22 cases against such persons. Pillion riding has been banned in the city and it has been directed to close while shops excluding medical stores and of edibles. The section 144 has been imposed in the city as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus and it is the responsibility of every citizen to follow these directions.

Meanwhile, DIG (Operations) Waqar Uddin said that implementation on government directions would be fully ensured. He appealed the citizens to stay home and avoid social interactions and unnecessary movements to defeat this virus.

DIG (Operations) said that Islamabad police is ready to tackle challenging situation and morale of force is very much high. He said precautionary measures are the only solution against Coronavirus and citizens should take care health of their families.

He said that meetings are being arranged with representatives of civil society and notables of community including slum areas. The announcements are being made from Masajid and other places for adopting preventive measures against coronavirus.