Ajit Pawar Warns Lockdown Violators, Says Don't Compel Us To Deploy Army

Publish On: 26 Mar, 2020 05:00 PM | Updated   |   Harshita  

MUMBAI: Keeping in view of the violations regarding 21 days' lockdown, Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar issued a warning on Thursday. He said that the government won't hesitate to deploy the army to ensure that people remain indoors. 

Warning all the violators, Pawar said, "In the USA, to enforce the lockdown, they have taken the help of US Army. Don't compel us to do the same. This will be your responsibility."

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Pawar's warning was followed by several incidents' reports. These include people hitching hikes in milk vans, a policeman, who got seriously injured after a motorcyclist drove straight into him in order to avoid being stopped in Vasai, attacks on policemen in Beed and several others. 

The threat came during a discussion with top officials and ministers amidst reports of people simply walking out of their houses and having no regard for the imposed complete lockdown along with shameless attacks on doctors and policemen. 

Pawar said, "Any attacks or impediments caused to persons engaged in activities pertaining to the anti-coronavirus measures will not be tolerated and stringent action will be taken against them. However, the crowds are still witnessed in the markets which is a matter of serious concern. I have instructed the officials to take steps to provide essentials to the people at their doorsteps or at their society gates to prevent them from going out. This has been implemented successfully in Baramati and Wai towns."

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The Deputy CM has also called upon NGOs and social organizations as well as volunteers to come forward to take care of slum dwellers, senior citizens, homeless poor and students by providing them food and other basic necessities.