Mumbai Police registered 340 cases of lockdown violations on Wednesday, taking the total number of offences registered since April 5 to 17,755. In these cases, police booked 458 people, of which 59 are yet to be arrested. Police have booked all these accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience of orders promulgated by a public servant (section 188).
According to the figures released by the Mumbai Police, on Wednesday, they booked 128 shop establishment owners for not abiding by the lockdown guidelines and keeping the shops open beyond the 7-11am time slot given to them. Police also registered 116 cases against those found loitering in public places without a valid reason, 64 offences for not wearing a mask and 19 for gathering in public places.
On Wednesday, police booked three hotels establishments for operating despite lockdown and one case was registered against the betel nut shop owner. Police also registered two offences of illegal vehicular movement and seven cases were registered against hawkers, said S Chaitanya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations).
Police added that most violations were recorded in the north suburban parts of the city with 93 offences. Of the 458 booked under section 188 on Wednesday, 59 were yet to be arrested, while 188 were released on bail and 211 were issued notices under CrPC. Mumbai Police also seized 61 vehicles and booked the motorists for venturing out without a valid reason.
As on Thursday, Mumbai Police had recorded 8,865 cases of COVID-19, of which 228 were active cases. Mumbai Police had lost 118 of its personnel due to the pandemic.