People flout ‘MaskOn’ norms in Hyderabad

Nearly 67,557 e-Petty cases have been booked against violators across the State from March 22 to July 1

By   |  Published: 3rd Jul 2020  12:05 amUpdated: 3rd Jul 2020  12:45 am
A group of youngsters playing cricket without wearing face masks near Peoples Plaza in Hyderabad. — Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Many people in twin cities seem to be brazenly violating the mandatory Covid-19 safety norm of wearing a face mask if the high number of cases registered in Hyderabad against the violators is any indication.

From wine shops to provisional stores to other commercial establishments, the practice of wearing a face mask can be seen missing in many places. Even motorcyclists could be seen as not adhering to the safety norm and driving their vehicles.

In all, the Telangana police booked 67,557 e-Petty cases against the violators across the State from March 22 to July 1 under Section 51(b) of Disaster Management Act while 3,288 e-Challans were issued from June 20 to 30.

Of the total e-Petty cases, as many as 14,346 e-Petty cases were booked in the city, according to the police records.

With this, the Hyderabad Police Commissionerate topped the list with over 14,346 e-Petty cases when compared to other districts followed by Ramagundam and Khammam with 8,290 and 6,372 cases respectively.

With respect to the issue of e-Challans, Wanaparthy stood in top position with 846 e-Challans followed by Hyderabad and Rajanna Sircilla with over 585 and 386 e-Challans respectively.
According to officials, using deep learning techniques linked to the surveillance cameras, the police are strictly enforcing Mask On the policy of the government. As surveillance cameras were installed in every nook and corner of the city, the police are identifying the persons not wearing a mask, through the CCTVs from Command and Control Centre.

“Once such people are identified in a particular area, the staff at the Command and Control Centre are passing on the information to either Rakshak or Blue Colt police patrol teams, which are approaching the person and ensuring that he or she wears a mask,” an official explained.
The police are sending those not wearing masks to court after filing a petty case online. After registering the case, the police are filing a charge-sheet enclosing a photograph of the violator as evidence.

The court can impose a fine of Rs 1,000, and in case the violator is not in a position to pay the sum, it can also award a sentence to him ranging from one day or more.


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