Gujarat Police collects over ₹161 crore as fine for spitting
Updated: Apr 6
From May 30 to December 5 last year, the state police collected Rs 93.56 crore in fine from over 21.4 lakh persons across the state for violating the mask rule and spitting in public
THE GUJARAT Police collected a total of Rs 161.66 crore in fine from 28.24 lakh offenders for not wearing face masks/covers and spitting in public places amid the coronavirus pandemic between May 30 last year and April 1 this year across 33 districts of the state with Ahmedabad city accounting for the lion’s share — Rs 36 crore — of the total amount collected.
From May 30 to December 5 last year, the state police collected Rs 93.56 crore in fine from over 21.4 lakh persons across the state for violating the mask rule and spitting in public, reports accessed by The Sunday Express showed. Until September 27 last year, a total of 17.39 lakh people had been fined to the tune of Rs 53.70 crore for the two violations.
Gaurav Jasani, Superintendent of Police and PRO to the state Director General of Police, said: “The high mask violation fine collected by the Gujarat Police has been due to the strict implementation of a government advisory as per the situation of coronavirus pandemic in the state. The drive will see further intensification if the Covid-19 cases surge.” Notifications issued by the state government on May 30 last year and the state health department on June 15, 2020, stated that fine will be collected from citizens for not wearing masks in public places. The orders also directed the Gujarat Police to ensure the guidelines are followed. Earlier, municipal corporations were tasked with issuing challan to offenders. The fine for the violations ranged from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 in the four metropolitan cities and districts of Gujarat.
In Ahmedabad city, a total number of 4.84 lakh people were booked for the violations and Rs 36 crore collected in fine between May 30 last year and March 15 this year. Recently, the local police rolled out a drive to provide free masks to citizens instead of issuing challans.
“The zone 6 police division, which includes Isanpur, Maninagar, Vatva, Vatva GIDC, Danilimda, Kagdapith and Narol police stations, have undertaken a drive for the past two weeks to distribute masks among commuters instead of issuing challan if they are seen without one in public. The drive will be replicated by other police zones as well,” an official of Ahmedabad city police control room said.
Ahmedabad city was followed by Vadodara city, where the local police collected a total of Rs 9.48 crore in fine from 1,26,044 offenders since March last year. So far, the Vadodara city police has distributed around 1 lakh masks free-of-charge among the people in coordination with the Vadodara Municipal Corporation and some non-governmental organisations. The Surat city police, meanwhile, registered 2,28,405 instances of mask violation and collected Rs 12.60 lakh as a penalty.
The Rajkot city police booked around 2.5 lakh persons for not wearing masks and spitting in public in the corresponding period. Of them, around one lakh people were caught by policemen on the field while the rest were issued e-memos after they were spotted flouting the Covid-19 norms on the CCTV surveillance network.