Section 144 imposed in Punjab to ensure lockdown

Punjab has enforced Section 144 for 14 days to maintain curfew in 23 hotspots in various districts affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Divisional Commissioner Ishrat Ali, RPO Raja Rifat Mukhtar and Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali, accompanied by senior officers of Pakistan Army, visited different areas of the city to review the implementation of lockdown. They visited Chowk Ghanta Ghar, adjoining bazaars, Razaabad Main Bazaar, Saddar Bazaar, Ghulam Muhammadabad and other areas.

Assistant Commissioner Syed Ayub Bukhari and other officers also accompanied senior officers during the visit and issued a stern warning to the shopkeepers for violating SOPs at a medical store in Saddar Bazaar while taking note of complaints of non-implementation of SOPs in different areas.

The officials ordered immediate action against the violators. The divisional commissioner said that the district administration and police had been mobilised to implement the government directives and action against violation of the SOPs could not be avoided.

They asked the authorities to take strict action against violation of the safety SOPs in the hotspots.

They directed the administration, police, Pak Army and Rangers to continue patrolling in zones flagged for high presence of coronavirus.