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Punjab Police using drones to monitor curfew violators, crackdown on black-marketing

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Representational image of a Surveillance Drone

The Fact News Service

Punjab, 3 April

The Punjab Police have launched drone surveillance to monitor curfew violators along with a crackdown on black-marketeers and hoarders amid reports of shortages of essential commodities.

Giving details of the drone surveillance, started on Thursday the DGP said the drones had so far been deployed in 34 locations across 10 districts of Mohali, Sangrur, Fazilka, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar, Barnala, Jalandhar (Rural), Moga, Ropar, and Fatehgarh Sahib.

Drone surveillance, found to be highly effective in coverage of large areas for ensuring effective enforcement of curfew and for efficient utilization of manpower, had, till Friday evening, leading to the registration of 15 FIRs and impounding of 20 vehicles of the violators. Around 2000 persons were taken into custody at the 21 Open Jails designated for holding curfew violators across the State.

A total of 62 establishments were raided on Friday and 23 were found to be indulging in black marketing or hoarding. Gurdaspur (10), Pathankot (4), Kapurthala (4) and Jalandhar (5), with another five challaned in Ferozepur, where the penalty will be imposed after the due procedure, DGP Dinkar Gupta.

The DGP further said that strict enforcement of the curfew/lockdown has proven to be a deterrent for other persons to stay at home as a part of the State Government’s endeavor for the containment of COVID-19.

The Punjab Police have so far registered a total of 1784 FIRs on the count of curfew violations, with the arrest of 2592 persons.

With inputs from DIPR Punjab

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