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West Bengal: Stricter Disaster Management Act sections to ensure compliance | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: Kolkata and Bidhannagar police worked through Saturday night to set up barricades and guard rails on intersections, including para roads, to ensure only those who have emergency are on the road. The move is part of multiple initiatives lined up to enforce the curbs that come into place from Sunday morning.
“There will be 4,000 cops on the road. We will have ACs, inspectors and sub-inspectors out in large numbers. The night shifts will be strengthened. Each cop will have a separate duty, ensuring shops maintain timing. We will slap sections of the IPC and Disaster Management Act on those flouting norms. So far, we have been slapping IPC section 188 and section 51 (B) of the Disaster Management Act. Now, stricter sections will be slapped under the DM Act, depending on the infringement,” said an officer at Lalbazar.
Also in focus will be markets where all efforts will be taken to ensure there is no crowding when they open for three hours in the morning. Police will also check cars and two-wheelers at nakas with special crackdowns lined up after 9pm to enforce the complete shutdown till 5am. Cops have begun miking across the city, urging people to follow the rules and step out only in emergency. On Saturday evening, local police got busy coordinating with the local traffic guard to set up morning nakas.
Kolkata and Bidhannagar police have scaled up presence at multiple zones to check instances of repeated violation in market places and ensure there is no violation during the weekend. “We are not aware of the areas where we need to put our focus, especially at night. We want to seize vehicles and licenses on the first day if we find gross violations to send across a message. But for those who might commit mistakes unknowingly, we are ready to counsel them,” said an additional CP.
“The barricades are there on the road already. But we are requesting everyone not to panic as grocery stores and even markets will remain open for a good time of the day,” said an officer from the south division.
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