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.

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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.

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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