Violation of rules: Close to 20,000 FIRs filed in TN, more than 15,000 vehicles seized

Continuing its crackdown on those violating prohibitory orders across the state in view of coronavirus outbreak, the Tamil Nadu police have reportedly so far registered more than 16,000 cases and seized 12,000 vehicles.

A press release from the DGP’s office said that so far Rs 5,25,000 was collected as fine from violators. The release said, total number of violations of lockdown/curfew was 20,497. As part of remedial steps taken against the violation, 22,906 persons were arrested, 15,129 vehicles were seized and 19,637 FIRs were lodged.

In Chennai alone, from 6am to 6 pm on Sunday, police booked 307 cases and seized 218 vehicles including two autorickshaws and a car, for violating prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144. In the same time, they registered 493 cases for traffic violations and challaned 664 people riding without helmet.

Encouraging people to stay indoors to follow the government order, police department continue to patrol roads and have deployed barricades in major arterial roads and urged violators of the government order to stay indoors. The Cr PC Section 144 order prohibits assembly of more than five individuals.

The Tamil Nadu government on March 26 extended the lockdown in the State in its measures to control the spread of coronavirus till April 14 in line with the Centre’s 21-day national lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tamil Nadu is under a lockdown till April 14, 2020, and prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code are in place to prevent people from crowding public places.

The measure was taken in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Chief Minister has also announced a slew of restrictions in order to prevent people from gathering in public places in large numbers.