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COVID-19 lockdown: 1434 cases registered by TN cops for violations of Section 144

According to a senior police officer, 12 cases have been registered against people for spreading fake news and rumours and eight people have been arrested in this regard. 

Published: 26th March 2020 02:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2020 03:40 PM   |  A+A-

Coronavirus, Lockdown, Chennai

Police personnel checking motorists as the state witness first day of lockdown at Chennai. (Photo | Debadatta Mallick, EPS)

CHENNAI: As many as 1434 cases have been registered by police across Tamil Nadu against people who violated Section 144 in the last two days (March 24 & 25).

According to a senior police officer, 12 cases have been registered against people for spreading fake news and rumours and eight people have been arrested in this regard. 

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Also, six people have been arrested for violating home quarantine including one in Chennai. A release issued by the city police stated that around 156 check points have been set up in the city and two-wheeler and patrol vehicles are patrolling round the clock.

In the last 12 hours (from 6 pm on Wednesday to 6 am on Thursday), 53 cases have been registered  in the city against people for violating Section 144.

Eight men have been booked for drunken driving, 194 cases have been registered for not wearing helmets and 47 cases have been registered against people involved in other traffic violations.

The state police have requested the public to stay at home and in some places the police are seen handing out punishments to those found roaming on the streets unnecessarily.  

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