Stricter safety norms at police stations in Telangana

Only one person with mask to be allowed into station premises to complain; violators will be penalised

By Author  |  Published: 7th Jul 2020  12:03 amUpdated: 6th Jul 2020  11:14 pm

Hyderabad: Stepping up the vigil against the Covid-19 pandemic, Station House Officers (SHOs) of many police stations across the State have decided to allow only one person into the premises at a time to lodge a complaint and that too, if he or she is wearing a face mask.

Apart from wearing the mask, the complainant should wash hands and maintain physical distancing after entering the police station. Cases will be booked against the relatives of the complainant and suspects under provisions of Disaster Management Act if they gather in large numbers outside the police station. The move comes as part of measures being taken for the safety of everyone in the police station as well as those visiting the police station, officials said.

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A few SHOs have put up vinyl flex banners in villages detailing the safety measures to be taken by complainants before stepping into the police station. The move is aimed at sensitising villagers, particularly farmers who approach the police disputes regarding their agricultural lands.

“We receive several complaints over petty quarrels on agricultural fields during the Kharif season. In the process, many people assemble at the police station. In order to prevent such gatherings outside the police station, we are allowing only one person onto the premises,” Kamalapuram Inspector D Raviraju said.

According to senior officials, the police personnel were also asked to abide by the Covid-19 safety norms. Before joining duty, every person must undergo thermal screening to check the body temperature apart from wearing masks and regularly washing their hands either with a soap or sanitiser.

The police department is according priority for the safety of the staff because more than 250 police personnel, mostly in Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda police commissionerates, have already tested positive for the Covid. Three senior IPS officers working in the city were also among those who tested positive for the deadly viral disease.

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