More than 40,000 people have been arrested in West Bengal since March 25 for violating the norms of lockdown, said the West Bengal Police on Tuesday. The West Bengal police tweeted, “40,723 people have been arrested and 3,614 vehicles seized since March 25 for violation of lockdown.”
The Bengal police said it will continue to take strict action against those who will violate the rules of nationwide lockdown, imposed to prevent the spread of the virus. However, West Bengal police said, they will allow, “the opening of standalone shops and movement of small vehicles with 3 persons (which) has been allowed in areas other than containment zones.”
“Public transport with less than 50% of capacity will be available within the district in green zones. Please try to work from home. “Please don’t forget to wear a mask and to maintain physical distance if you need to go out. WBP will continue to enforce lockdown strictly,” the tweet added.
The Kolkata Police said on Tuesday, they have arrested over 800 people for violation of lockdown norms, a senior office said. Apart from that nine vehicles were seized during the day.
“We have arrested 652 for violating lockdown norms while 152 for not wearing masks and 29 for spitting in the open. All will be prosecuted as per the relevant sections of the 188 IPC and 54 DM Act,” he said.
This week, West Bengal has witnessed a huge spike in coronavirus cases and over 80 deaths in the last two days. In the last 24 hours, seven deaths were registered taking the total fatalities in the state to 140. On Tuesday, 72 people died in West Bengal which the government claimed was due to co-morbidities. the central team visiting West Bengal to check the COVID-19 status, said on Monday, West Bengal has the highest mortality rate in the country and the “extremely high mortality rate is a clear indication of low testing, weak surveillance and tracking,”