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Imphal: In a bid to intensify the lockdown guidelines laid down by the Centre, Manipur Police have been tirelessly working and cracking down on violators in the state.

On Sunday, as many as 302 lockdown violators were detained and 226 vehicles seized by the police during the drive. They were produced in front of the magistrates concerned, a press released issued by additional director general of police (ADGP) in charge of law and order, L Kailun, said.

Moreover, penalty amounting to Rs 24,600 were also imposed on lockdown violators in the state, he said.

It may be recalled that hundreds of citizens thronged markets in the state capital Imphal following a day’s relaxation on Saturday from the indefinite curfew, compromising the so-called safety and social distancing to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Most shoppers were seen neither wearing face masks nor maintaining physical distance causing panic and fear among the citizens.

Shoppers thronging a market in Imphal on Saturday

However, unlike the crowded scenes seen in the state capital Imphal, people in most of the districts were seen maintaining social distancing and wearing masks while going out to purchase groceries, reports said.

After days of indefinite curfew across the state to intensify the measures to contain the deadly virus, the government relaxed a day for sale of groceries and vegetables in view of Easter and Cheiraoba festivals.

The police have earnestly appealed to the public to keep off the roads and stay indoors, and maintain social distancing at any cost for their own safety.

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