Following multiple instances of “irresponsible civic behaviour” and an overall rise in Coronavirus cases in Powai, despite the nation being on lockdown, personnel from the Powai police station organised a flag march on the midnight of April 10, 2020. The police undertook this measure as last-ditch effort to enforce the rule of law and urge the residents to comply to the law.
The past week has seen numerous cases in various parts of the suburb where residents routinely jeopardised the collective safety of the community by venturing out in number, not maintaining effective social distancing and throwing general caution out of the window.
Powai police initiated this campaign in multiple places across the suburb with an emphasis on Chaitanya Nagar, Ghokle Nagar, Ramabai Nagar, IIT-Main gate and IIT-Market; areas which have been plagued by civic violations. The ongoing “civic nuisance” has turned so desperate, that Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sakinaka Division had to personally come down and urge the residents not to venture out, amidst this outbreak.
Speaking exclusively to ‘The Watchdog News’ ACP Khetle said, “On the evening of April 10, Powai police conducted a route-march around the containment areas of Chaitanya Nagar and other densely populated areas, where our personnel have heard complaints of lockdown violations, in a bid to persuade the errant residents to remain inside and not endanger the community.”
“While most residents have remained diligent and have adhered to the norms, obeying the rule of the law to the letter, this march was to ensure that those not following due process are made aware. These are testing times and police personnel are on their toes, and on the front-lines of the nation’s fight against Corona, I therefore appeal to the Powai community to remain home in order to contain transmission and the chance of community spreading!”
The police were lauded for their efforts with a host of residents clapping and cheering the police from inside their homes, while the police carried out their flag march. Speaking about this initiative a civic activist told this Watchdog correspondent,
“Such a move by the Powai police was welcome, however it should not have come down to this, residents should not have been behaving so irresponsibly especially when Powai has seen five COVID-19 cases within the past few weeks and more than a dozen corona positive patients undergoing treatment at Hiranandani hospital.”
Picture courtesy: Ramesh Kamble