Lockdown 4 News: Offenders to be punished under Disaster Management Act and Sec 188 of IPC | Check list of offences here
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In view of the increasing coronavirus cases in the country, the Centre on Sunday extended the nation-wide lockdown till May 31, 2020, to contain the spread of the deadly pathogen, which has afflicted more than 90,000 people across the nation.
Issuing new guidelines, the Home Ministry said that all domestic and international air travel of passengers, except domestic air ambulance will remain prohibited till May 31. It further said that metro rail services will also remain closed. The MHA has, however, allowed inter-state travel of passenger vehicles, buses, but with the mutual consent of states involved during COVID-19 lockdown 4.0.
In view of the violators of the lockdown 4.0 guidelines, the MHA has issued a penal provision under which the offenders will be punished under the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec 188 of the IPC.
“Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable”, the MHA said.
These are the offences and penalties under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005:
Punishment for Obstruction
Punishment for false claim
Punishment for misappropriation of money and materials
Punishment for false warning
Offences by Departments of the government
Failure of officer on duty or his connivance at the contravention of the provisions of this Act
Penalty for contravention of any order regarding requisitioning
Offences by companies
Previous sanctions for prosecution
Cognizance for of offences
Beside these provisions, a legal action will also be taken against the violator under the Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and other legal provisions as applicable to the nature of the offence.
The country has been under lockdown since March 25 and the third phase ends on May 17. On March 24, the prime minister had announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. On April 14, he extended the lockdown period till May 3, which was further continued by the MHA for two weeks.
Posted By: Talib Khan