The Pune Police have registered a case towards 56 merchants for allegedly violating the COVID-19 norms throughout a protest towards the Maharashtra authorities’s newest curbs amid the pandemic, an official stated on Friday.
Merchants had shaped a human chain on Laxmi Highway in Pune on Thursday, demanding that the federal government enable retailers promoting non-essential commodities and providers to function.
The federal government has directed that solely retailers promoting necessities will probably be permitted to function, whereas these dealing in different items and providers must stay shut until April 30.
“We’ve got registered a case towards Fatehchand Ranka, the president of Federation of Commerce Affiliation of Pune (FTAP) and 55 different merchants for allegedly violating the COVID-19 norms,” senior inspector Sunil Tikole of Vishrambaug police station stated.
The case has been registered below related sections of the Epidemic Act, Catastrophe Administration Act, Mumbai Police act and part 188 of the IPC, he stated.
In the meantime, Ranka appealed to merchants and varied associations to defer the choice for opening their retailers on Friday.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has given assurance and requested all merchants to attend for 2 days.
“After conferences with officers from the police and municipal company, we’ve determined to attend for 2 days. I attraction to all merchants to defer the choice of opening the retailers on Friday and wait for 2 days,” he stated.
“No matter the federal government’s determination, all merchants will open their retailers on Monday,” he added.