An academy which imparts training to aspirants on clearing police and military services exams was booked by the police for violating COVID-19 rules. Despite an order from the administration that non essential establishments won't be allowed to function, the academy was conducting physical coaching. The police found students inside class rooms during a surprise check recently.
According to the Mahatma Phule Chowk police in Kalyan, the local administration had ordered restrictions from April 4 till April 31, in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19. The police had also issued prohibitory orders stating that all establishments, except those into essential and medical services would remain closed. The local civic body had also ordered closure of private coaching classes, libraries and educational institutions.
"On Saturday, a police team conducted a surprise check on such institutions in the vicinity of Kalyan area and found an institute by the name of Prahar Academy functional. The said institute offers training in clearing police and military services. Five to six students were found taking coaching and there were two teachers present in the classrooms. We have registered an offence against coaches VR Yadav, VD Borade and owner of the said academy for violating COVID-19 rules and prohibitory orders," said a police officer.
An offence has been registered under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infectious diseases dangerous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code, section 51 (b) (punishment for obstruction) of the Disaster Management Act and sections of Epidemic Diseases Act and Maharashtra COVID-19 Regulation, 2020.
"We request citizens to please follow the prohibitory orders and do not violate the orders and help the police and administration to stop the spread of COVID-19 cases. Strict action are being taken against violators," the officer said.