Lucknow: Even though the number of Covid-19 cases is insanely increasing in the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknowtees seems to have forget all about the pandemic and are seen violating the basic Covid protocol at public places. Despite of the violation, the number of challans issued for not wearing face masks has gone down significantly in the last two months, as per a data provided by Lucknow Police Commissionerate.
The data also showed that the number of challans for not wearing a mask, handkerchief, stole or scarf at public places or outside the house last month has significantly dropped. In February the number of challan was just 3,697 – which is 7,919 less than what it was in January, whereas from March 1 to 19, as many as 1,254 people were fined for not wearing a mask in public places in Lucknow.
Last year, the highest number of challans was in the months of July and October, when 29,371 and 26,625 people were fined, respectively. The lowest number of challans issued was in May 2020 when only 910 people were fined.
Talking to media Lucknow Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Naveen Arora said the fine system for not wearing a mask will be intensified to discourage such incidents.
“We are issuing challans to those for not following Covid protocols, including not wearing masks, and with the increasing cases we will intensify the process. As far as the amount of the fine is concerned, we are charging up to Rs 500 as a challan, depending on the person’s financial condition. For example, if there is a rickshaw-puller not wearing a mask, a challan of Rs 500 will be too much for him. However, we are warning them all,” alleged Mr Arora.