FIR lodged against man for obstructing drive against mask-violation

Central Chronicle News
Bhilai, Mar 24: Bhilai Municipal Corporation is constantly taking action against those who do not use face masks in public places. On the instructions of Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure (Collector and Administrator of Bhilai Municipal Corporation), the Corporation’s team is all set to ensure compliance of Covid-19 guidelines.
On Wednesday, one Vinod Gupta misbehaved with the BMC team at Akashganga Vegetable Market. He was not wearing mask and when questioned, he forcefully entered into the market. Later he paid a fine for violating the guidelines. However, after paying fine, he again started arguing with BMC team and tried to prove that the drive was unfair and wrong.
BMC Commissioner was also present in the market during the proceedings and instructed the officials to initiate legal proceedings against that person. Zone Commissioner Sunil Agarhari immediately responded and sent a letter to the Supela Police Station in-charge to register an FIR against Vinod Gupta. Supela Police Station has lodged an FIR in this regard.
On Wednesday, BMC Commissioner Rituraj Raghuvanshi supervised the drive against mask-violation at Vegetable Markets located within the civic body limits. In the last three days, fine of Rs 1,13,900 has been collected from 1276 people who were found moving without face masks.
Raghuvanshi reached Akashganga Vegetable Market at around 06:00 hrs and took a round of the entire market. On his instructions, BMC team took action against the vegetable sellers, shopkeepers and the customers who were not wearing masks or were hanging the mask on neck. The shopkeepers who had placed the saleables on the road in-front of their shops were instructed to remain limited to their shops only.
In the markets, all the shopkeepers were instructed to follow the guidelines for masks and social distance. According to the discussion with the office bearers of the market association, vehicles reaching the market are not being given entry after the fixed time.
People are being appealed through the loud speakers to wear masks and follow social distancing in the market. After the proceedings in the Akashganga Market, the BMC team reached Laxmi Market Supela.
Here too, BMC Commissioner inspected the entire market and people were fined for not wearing masks. Action was taken against the commuters also. Many of the two-wheeler riders returned back after spotting the BMC team taking action. Many of them purchased masks from nearby shops and moved ahead. Under the leadership of BMC Commissioner, the team then moved to Jawahar Nagar Market and action was taken against shopkeepers also for not wearing masks. In order to ensure social distance, shopkeepers were made to keep their goods inside the shops only. After completing the first round, Commissioner re-visited the markets to check whether the shopkeepers have acted according to the instructions.
Action was taken against those who had not removed the goods displayed on the roads in-front of the shops. The shopkeepers were instructed to follow the rule of “No Masks – No Goods”. Commissioner also inspected the situation of city sanitation. Deputy Commissioner Ashok Dwivedi, Zone Commissioner Sunil Agrahari, Preeti Singh, EE DK Verma, Assistant Engineer RK Sahu, Assistant Revenue Officers Sharad Dubey, Sanjay Verma and Ankit Saxena were present.

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