The Allahabad High Court has advised the officers of Uttar Pradesh Police not to use force against those who violate the lockdown rules but to spread awareness in this regard. The court also directed the petitioners accused of violating the rules of social distancing to file an affidavit before the Agra Senior Superintendent of Police that they would abide by all the rules of COVID-19 and not break any rules in future.
A bench of Justices Sunita Aggarwal and Justice Soumitra Dayal Singh passed the order on Tuesday while hearing a petition. The petition demanded cancellation of the FIR lodged against Munna and 6 others, residents of Agra. According to the petitioners, "They were busy distributing food packets among the poor during the lockdown and during this time suddenly some people gathered at one place. They made all efforts to disperse the crowd, but could not succeed. '
The bench, after hearing the arguments of the parties concerned, directed the police officers not to arrest the petitioners till the charge sheet is filed. The bench said, "The only allegation against the petitioners in the FIR is that the rules of social distancing were not followed by 8-10 people gathered at Malko Gali in Tajganj, Agra." The court also said, "In this matter There is no doubt that these people of the city have an obligation to follow the rules of social distancing collectively in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.'
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