COVID -19: FIR will be for violation of quarantine rules in Maharashtra, says HM Deshmukh

MAHASHATRA Government battling to stop spread of COVID-19. has warned people saying FIR will be lodged against those who will be found violating quarantine rules .“Following repeated instances of people fleeing quarantine/isolation, the Home Ministry is constrained to ask the Maharashtra Police to act against such offenders endangering themselves and others under the Epidemic Diseases Act,” State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has tweeted. His warning came after six people returning from Singapore with ‘home quarantine’ stamp on their hands were found travelling to Gujarat on board Saurashtra Express. Western Railway officials said they were asked to get off the train by passengers who noticed the stamp on the passengers’ hands.WR officials said the six men had boarded the train at Mumbai Central and were on their way to Vadodara. They were spotted by fellow passengers who informed the ticket collector, who in turn, alerted the control room at the Mumbai Central railway station. On Wednesday, four people with the home quarantine stamp on their hands were forced to get off Garib Rath Express at the Palghar station by the authorities. However, the four later hired a private vehicle and left for their home in Gujarat, reports Tribune News Service. GOI has, meanwhile, advised people to maintain physical distancing and asked states to ensure elders and children stay at home besides toughening travel restrictions by barring all international passengers in the country from March 22 to 29. No international commercial flight will be allowed to disembark its passengers, foreigners or Indians, on Indian soil after 1.30 am on March 23, aviation regulator DGCA said in a circular . The regulator’s circular came after the Centre issued a statement that no international flight would be allowed to land in India from March 22 onward for a period of one week. “No scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall take off from any foreign airport for any airport in India after 5.30 am on March 22. These instructions shall remain in force till 5.30 am IST on March 29,” as per the circular.  (image courtesy to Reuters)

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