Crackdown on motorists without masks: Strike balance between fine collection & educating offenders says BJP MLA to top cop

By: Express News Service | Pune |

Updated: September 14, 2020 2:55:03 am

BJP MLA Siddharth Shirole identified that the main target on ‘fine collection’ fairly than ‘educating people’
was main to harassment of motorists. (File)

AFTER directives from Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in addition to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, the Pune Police have intensified their crackdown on motorists not adhering to obligatory use of masks. For about final two weeks, the police have been penalising over 3,000 violators per day for not sporting masks and amassing a fine of Rs 500 from every violator.

The drive, nevertheless, has not gone down effectively with BJP MLA Siddharth Shirole, who has written to Pune Police Commissioner Okay Venkatesham, mentioning that the main target on “fine collection” fairly than “educating people” was main to harassment of motorists, particularly four-wheeler drivers and passengers.

In the letter, Shirole has requested the police chief to formulate a extra amiable customary operation process (SOP) balanced between punishment and schooling.

Shirole stated he has acquired a number of complaints of ailing therapy of residents by the Pune City Police prior to now few days, particularly whereas imposing the obligatory masks and different Covid-19 protocols.

“I do understand the need in Pune to have strict enforcement of Covid-19 guidelines, but citizens are also worried about the hostile environment that is been created by the police, who are stationed at every junction solely focusing on finding as many violators as possible to increase the total fine collected rather than educating them about rules and guidelines,” he wrote.

Shirole stated it has been introduced to his discover that police personnel had been solely accepting money and issuing paper receipts. “I have strong objections to this methodology especially during the pandemic where all modes of digital payment and e-challans should be encouraged and recommended,” Shirole stated.

Pune district administration and municipal authorities had issued an order in June warning residents from venturing out without sporting a masks, with a provision of Rs 500 fine. Recently, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and Prakash Javadekar had held a evaluate assembly in Pune, the place they reiterated the necessity to strictly implement the obligatory masks guidelines within the wake of rising Covid-19 circumstances within the district.

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