Tuesday 20 October 2020

Section 144 imposed again on Mumbai as Thackeray govt fails to tackle COVID

While Mumbai Police has imposed restrictions on movement and gathering, Aaditya Thackeray is telling people not to panic

The Uddhav Thackeray government has extended the prohibitory orders restricting movement and gathering of people in Mumbai up to 30 September in the wake of rising cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID). Sharing this information today, a police official said the restrictions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure have anyway been in place in the city since lockdown began.

The chief minister’s son and Maharashtra Minister Aditya Thackeray urged Mumbaikars not to panic as this was an extension of the 31 August order.

As the Thackeray government has fielded Mumbai Police once again to pacify people, no new restrictions have been imposed, the official said. The order is an extension of the existing order, all exemptions under Unlock to continue and will be applicable in Mumbai City till 30 September.

The DCP (Operations) issued an order under Section 144 CrPC yesterday, applicable in Mumbai city up to 30 September. “It’s issued as per guidelines of State Govt on 31st August regarding easing of restrictions 7 phase-wise opening of lockdown and no new restrictions imposed by Mumbai Police,” said DCP PRO.

In other words, under Section 144, Mumbai Police imposed restrictions on movement and gathering in the city.

“All movement of one or more persons in the areas designated as ‘Containment Zones’ by the Municipal Authorities is prohibited, except for essential activities, supply of essential goods and medical emergencies,” the order stated.

Movement of one person or people prohibited except for listed emergency and non-emergency services, it added. Government/Semi-Government agencies and their officials on duty are permitted during this order.

Food, vegetables, ration, milk booth and other stores to remain open.

Banking, Stock Exchange, Clearing Corporation, depositories, Stock Brokers and SEBI registered participants operating through these institutions will be permitted to function.

Hospital, medicine, pharma, pathology laboratories, medical nursing colleges and more will also be open.

Trucks or tempos carrying goods and manpower related to the above services.

Other establishments providing essential services such as telephone, internet services, electricity, petroleum, oil, media services, e-commerce delivery and other activities related to essential and non-essential commodities are allowed as well.

Meanwhile, Mumbai on Wednesday reported 2,378 cases in the day, taking its count to 1,75,974 while the cumulative death toll rose to 8,280, including 50 in the day.

The Mumbai division, which consists of Mumbai city and satellite towns, reported 5,603 new cases, raising the total count to 4,14,377.

A total of 14,378 people have died so far in the region, the official said.

Along with that, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 tally spiked to 11,21,221 on Wednesday with the single-day addition of 23,365 new cases, state health department said.

With 474 deaths during the day, the total count in the state mounted to 30,883, it said.

A total of 17,559 patients were discharged after treatment during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,92,832, it said, adding that the state now has 2,97,125 active cases.

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