Police, medical team sealing corona hotspot attacked

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Police, medical team sealing corona hotspot attacked

Sunday, 12 April 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

A police and medical team which went to seal a coronavirus hotspot near Jali Kothi in Delhigate area of Meerut was attacked by the local residents on Saturday.

A magistrate along with a sub-inspector and several other cops and paramedics were injured in the attack.

Later, the police arrested four persons, including an imam, and a case was registered and National Security Act invoked against them.

District Magistrate Anil Dhingra and Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Sahani rushed to the area and initiated action against the attackers.

As per reports, three Tablighi Jamaat members who came to Meerut on February 24 had stayed in Dariwali mosque in Jali Kothi area and they tested positive for coronavirus infection on Friday. The local administration then decided to seal the area and a team was sent there on Saturday.

However, a mob suddenly attacked the team, injuring Sub-Inspector Mukesh Shukla and City Magistrate Sushant Jain, who suffered a fracture. Later, additional police force rushed to the area along with senior officers after which the attackers escaped.

A heavy police force was deployed in the area and the cops were patrolling the area.

In Mathura, 10 persons were arrested for violating lockdown and pelting stones at a police team in Govardhan area on Saturday.

SSP Gaurav Grover said that the police were informed that lockdown was being violated in Bhim Nagar village after which a police team reached there. He said that not only were shops open in the village, people were also playing cards in the open. Crowds had gathered outside shops and norms of social distancing were being flouted.

As the police team tried to drive sense into the crowd gathered there, the mob suddenly became violent and attacked the cops with lathis, rods and even pelted stones at them.

Later, additional force was rushed to the area and 10 persons were arrested, while 28 identified and 24 unidentified persons managed to escape.

In the process, a cop sustained injuries.

A case was registered and efforts were being made to arrest the miscreants.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said that more than 14,000 FIRs were registered under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for lockdown violation against 45,483 persons and 35,000 were sent to jail. He said a total of 367 FIRs were registered under EC Act against 463 offenders. Similarly, over 20,000 vehicles were seized and Rs 6 crore was collected as fine for violation of traffic rules during lockdown.

Speaking on Tablighi Jamaat members, Awasthi said that 2,428 Jamaatis were identified in 20 districts of UP and 2,231 of them were quarantined. He said a total of 259 foreign Jamaatis were in UP and their passports had been seized.

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