District police personnel challaning tourists for not wearing face masks while strolling in public places.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
District police personnel challaning tourists for not wearing face masks while strolling in public places.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

HP police collect 1.19 crore in fines for Covid safety violations

Kullu police collected the maximum amount of 28. 37 lakh, followed by Una with 19.10 lakh and Chamba with 11.74 lakh
By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 06:59 PM IST

Shimla Since the Covid-19 outbreak in March till November, when a fresh spurt has been reported, the Himachal Pradesh police have collected 1.19 crore in fines from people not wearing masks or disregarding social distancing rules in public places.

A decision to double the fines from 500 to 1,000 was taken at a cabinet meeting on November 12.

About 30,340 people were fined for not following safety norms and spitting in public places, most of them in marketplaces or travelling in cars without wearing masks.

Kullu leads, with 28. 37 lakh collected

Kullu police collected the maximum amount of 28. 37 lakh, followed by Una with 19.10 lakh and Chamba with 11.74 lakh. The “maximum number of violators were locals, followed by tourists, who did not wear masks while travelling,” said Kullu superintendent of police Gaurav Singh .

A strict watch was being maintained on tourists as their numbers were increasing during the festive season, he said.

Kangra police collected11.31 lakh while in other districts the amount was below 10 lakh.

Una, which shared a border with Punjab, had maximum violations, with more than 7,758 persons fined for not wearing masks, most of them industrial labourers, truck drivers and interstate travellers.

On renewed efforts to combat the Covid-19 surge, director general of police Sanjay Kundu said, “Police is always at its best role. We will again put our best step forward in the fight against the pandemic.”

People were not just fined, but masks were also distributed for their safety, he added.

1,200 police personnel tested positive

Even as policemen were struggling to enforce standard operating procedures strictly, 1,200 of them in frontline duty were infected.

Most of the personnel were from the third battalion, with 108 cases and the Police Training Centre in Kangra with 18 affected. Shimla district, with 109 cases, was among the fourth worst affected districts.

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