As many as 43 shopkeepers were arrested in Rawalpindi on Saturday for violation of preventive measures against coronavirus and directives of Punjab government to curb the spread of Covid.
On special instructions of Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Ahsan Younas, the police held 43 shopkeepers for opening shops and registered cases against them while 29 shops were sealed for violating orders. Police, along with officials of the local administration, conducted raids in Murree Road and Sadiqabad localities.
The CPO said that police was committed to ensure implementation on directives of Punjab government against coronavirus lockdown. He made it clear that strict action would be taken against the violators.
Meanwhile, the Saddar assistant commissioner (AC) raided two snooker clubs on Church Road and arrested 27 people for violating anti-Covid standard operating procedures (SOPs) and lockdown orders on Sunday. Both snooker clubs have been sealed, an official informed.
The raids were based on a report that young people were playing inside the clubs. The AC was accompanied by a police contingent during the raids. The district administration is working on the policy of zero tolerance for violation of Corona SOPs and lockdown, the official added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2021.