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Jamshedpur shops down shutters by 2 pm

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Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum district administration has gone tough to enforce lockdown in city and outskirts starting with declaration of second phase of lockdown till May 6. As part of the second phase of Health Safety Week, most of the shops down their shutters by 2 pm.  

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar and East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police, M Tamil Vanan have framed a new strategy where the police forces have been advised to be more vigilant. Special focus is in areas like Sidhgora, Baridih, Agrico, Sakchi, Bistupur, Mango, Kadma, Telco, Burmamines, Jugsalai and Sonari.

 “ We want people to understand the importance of lockdown. With the beginning of second phase of lockdown and in view of prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC the focus is on that people remain indoors.

 The district administration has formed 19 surveillance teams for Jamshedpur, Mango, Jugsalai and 11 blocks of district.

 Meanwhile, traffic police jointly with city police could be seen vigilant at most of the commercial hubs seeking information from two-wheelers and four-wheelers about their reason for coming on the road.

 “ In order to spread awareness we have undertaken public announcement at market areas for staying at home during lockdown and it seems to have significant effect as people in general have stayed indoor,” said an official.However people are seen roaming on roads without following orders.

The administration has made it mandatory for everyone to wear mask (either three-layered or made of cloth) if they are outside their homes. And those violating this rule are being booked by police.

An official informed that if anyone found roaming without a mask will be booked under section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC.

“We have decided to file FIR on people coming out without a proper mask. Even the Union Government has made masks must for every citizen. On Thursday we warned several persons who were found without masks. They were going to buy essential commodities but not wearing mask in Sakchi area. We have warned them that the police will register FIRs against them for offence under section 188 (disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code”, said the police official.

Concerned over the recent deaths in the city, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry and  Jamshedpur Chamber of Commerce have demanded a complete lockdown in the city.

“The situation is going out of control. Not only rising deaths but shortage of beds is also a matter of great concern. It is high time that the State Government take immediate steps to ensure complete lockdown. In view of spreading cases of coronavirus and deaths the Government must impose curfew across the state,” said a senior functionary.

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