Coronavirus: Can the police arrest you for violating the confinement? The | India News
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on state governments to ensure that the coronavirus blockade rules and regulations are enforced, noting that many people are not taking the move seriously.
“Many people still don’t take the blockade seriously. Please save yourself, your family, follow the instructions seriously. I ask state governments to ensure compliance with laws and regulations,” he said in a tweet. in Hindi.
Later in the day, the Union’s interior secretary, Ajay Bhalla, held a video conference with the DGPs of the states where the closure was ordered and asked them to strictly implement the order.
With people defying the government shutdown order, the governments of Maharashtra, Punjab and Puducherry announced the curfew so that no one could leave their homes.
These are the legal provisions that can be invoked to punish violators:
If you violate Section 144
Several districts across the country have imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) to enforce a blockade. Section 144 is used to prohibit public meetings, and a meeting of more than four people is considered “illegal” in this section. This means that if Section 144 has been imposed in your district, you cannot organize or attend mob marches or protests, etc. Violators may be booked for “participating in riots”. The maximum punishment for such an act is three years. Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) empowers the police to arrest anyone who violates an order issued by a public servant. The offender can be punished with imprisonment of up to six months, or with a fine that can be extended to 1,000 rupees, or both.
Section 270: if you violate the lock
State governments have imposed partial or complete closure in at least 80 districts of India to curb the virus. As clarified by Mysore Police Superintendent CB Rishyanath, anyone seen prowling the streets despite strict restrictions can be booked under IPC Section 270 which applies to an “evil act likely to spread infection from a life-threatening disease. ” An offender may be imprisoned for up to two years or may be fined or both, without bond.
Section 271: if you violate quarantine restrictions
If you tested positive for the virus or it is a suspicious case currently in quarantine, violating the restrictions can cause problems. The Karnataka government has said that people who violate quarantine restrictions can be booked under Section 271 of the IPC (Quarantine Rule Disobedience) for an unrecognizable crime. Violators can be jailed for six months or they can pay a fine.
For violating the curfew
In simple words under a curfew, you cannot leave your home without prior permission from the police. It is different from Section 144, since in the latter you can leave your house but you cannot move in groups of more than four people; this makes the curfew stricter than Section 144. Violation of the curfew can lead to your immediate arrest by the police.