KOLKATA: Kolkata Police has arrested more than 20,000 people for defying the lockdown in the city in the last 33 days. With Bengal police arresting another 30,000 violators, the total number of arrests in Bengal has now crossed the 50,000 mark. Police have also taken action against 3,000-odd drivers in Kolkata and 3,000 were booked in other districts.
With the number of containment zones increasing every week, all police stations have been asked to be ready to implement the rules at any point of the day. In the past 48 hours, two new containment zones — one at St Georges Gate at Hastings and another at APC Park in Baghajatin — have come up after two tests on suspects came positive. While the Hastings resident is an assistant engineer in a state-run hospital, the Baghajatin patient is a cancer survivor who was being treated in a private hospital.
While some police stations — in south and east — still have no containment zones in their area out of the 227 identified till Monday, a few in central Kolkata, like Burrabazar, are handling multiple hotspots. Police, though, say an SOP set up for this purpose has helped them carry out the containment job in a scientific manner on a short notice.
The high number of arrests, said cops, was a result of intense naka checking, conducted jointly with the traffic police and the reserved forces, who went on area domination in the bylanes of the city. On Monday, as many as 202 were prosecuted by noon. Fifty- nine people were prosecuted for not wearing masks and another nine booked for spitting on the roads.
On Monday, Kolkata Police took to Twitter to appeal to citizens to report social distancing breaches directly to their control room. Significantly, the appeal came from the Port division which has several red spots and is presently managing the Ramzan season. “Social distancing is being maintained religiously during purchase for Ramazan in entire Kolkata Port area. Report violations to local PS and DC Port Control. Stay home stay safe,” it tweeted sharing images of some markets and mosques whose gates were shut.
“We have been receiving cooperation from people from the beginning. When they are following the lockdown, there are several ways to encou-rage them,” said an officer at Lalbazar.
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