Commandos hit Chennai roads to curtail public movement

Personnel from the elite Commando force have been roped in to curb the movement of people during the lockdown in densely populated places in the city.

Known for their agility and speed, the personnel, who wear black uniforms, have been deputed as an additional force wherever required in the city.

Chennai along with several other districts have been enforced under strict lockdown till the 30 June. Local cops have requested people to buy groceries and other essential items for a week instead of coming out every day.

Despite being under lockdown, many violations were reported especially from Chennai; Hence, to ensure that everyone follows the lockdown, the State leveled up their skills by deploying army commandos in containment areas.

“Initially, 20 personnel have been deputed and entrusted with Deputy Commissioners of Police for deployment in zones where lockdown violations are reported more,” said a senior police officer.

“They will be used as a strike force to accompany the DCPs in thickly populated areas to spread awareness,” he added. Commissioner of Police A.K. Viswanathan urged the people to cooperate with the government and the police personnel in enforcing a complete lockdown.

According to sources, the surge in number of Covid-19 cases has made officials to deploy the forces to ensure people do not venture out. This is part of several Covid-19 containment measures, including setting up of control rooms.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “With the cooperation of the public, the lockdown has been implemented well. So far, 33,201 vehicles have been seized and 36,568 persons booked for violating prohibitory orders. Likewise, 16,192 cases were booked for failing to wear masks and to adhere to physical distancing norms.”