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Morning Walks Will No More Be Tolerated Actions Will Be Taken, Says, Delhi Police
The Joint Commissioner of Police said, "There is Section 144 everywhere in the national capital. If you need to come out it has to be only for essential services. You cannot move around everywhere,".
Morning Walks Will More Be Tolerated Actions Will Be Taken, Says, Delhi Police
NEW DELHI: The first of the three-week lockdown across the country has improved the air quality beyond recognition, but going out for morning walks is strictly prohibited, the Delhi Police said today. The police will post its personnel in various parks across the to take action against walkers and joggers as they are violating the lockdown by being out of doors.
Shalini Singh, the Joint Commissioner of Police said, "There is Section 144 everywhere in the national capital. If you need to come out it has to be only for essential services. You cannot move around everywhere,".
Under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, a person can be jailed for six months or have to pay Rs 1,000 as fine or both, for violating rules and imperilling life, health and safety of another person. Since March 29, the police have filed cases against 153 people for disrupting curfew.
"The city is under lockdown. PM Modi while announcing it last week clearly said don't violate it and stay in your homes. Exercise in your home for a few days," she added.
The nationwide lockdown was declared last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said it would be "curfew-like". Asking people not to stake out of their houses, he said social distancing is the only way to stay protected against the virus, which has infected around 7 million people worldwide and killed nearly 34,000.
Ms Singh, said, pointing to the usual habit of morning walkers, especially the elderly, "If you are out walking in groups the purpose of a lockdown is defeated,".
Health experts say the lockdown has entered a crucial phase. "Today is the sixth day of lockdown and more people will start showing symptoms.... we have to keep a strict vigil on our activities," said a health expert on condition of anonymity.
Some, however, say if people sustain a secure distance of one metre from another person, there is no contingency.
"Technically the police are correct that walking does not come under essential services. But scientifically, the chances of infection are not there if one maintains social distancing," SK Chabara, the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine of Primus Hospital, told News Channel NDTV.
According to him, the police should encourage healthy practices. "If people are not violating the basic principle of Section 144 CrPC, they should be allowed," he said.
The Delhi Police also agrees that it may be a harsh decision, but maintains it is for the good of people in general.
Ms Singh said, "We are only asking people to remain indoors for the safety of everyone,".
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