Maharashtra’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh informed on April 28 through a communiqué that ever since the lockdown was implemented, nearly 81,000 COVID-19 related offences have been registered in the state. Deshmukh also informed that around 535 people have been arrested so far in connection with attacks on police personnel in 159 incidents.
Deshmukh said that despite the tremendous contribution by police personnel, doctors, and nurses in the fight against COVID-19, there are several offenders who are attacking these frontline workers. The police department has been directed to take strict actions against such attackers. Deshmukh also said that attacks on police personnel will not be taken lightly by Maharashtra Government.
As per the Home Minister, from March 22 to April 28, 81,063 cases have been registered and 16,548 people have been arrested in the state under section 188 of the IPC. Collectively, offenders have been penalized with Rs 2,55,50,394.
The number ‘100’ of the police department has been functioning for 24 hours in all districts across the country. Ever since the lockdown began, 79,901 phone calls were received on the 100, and every phone call was acknowledged by the police department.
Deshmukh said that 618 people with quarantine stamp in the state, were traced and sent to the quarantine centre by the police department and total 1,55,076 people have been quarantined.
Deshmukh also informed about the provisions made for police personnel in Maharashtra. Three police personnel sacrificed their lives in Mumbai, while fighting COVID-19. So far, 14 top cops and 85 other police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and are undergoing treatment. To ensure immediate treatment for police personnel having symptoms of coronavirus, control rooms have been set-up across the state and two hospitals in Mumbai have been specifically reserved for police treatment.