Cuttack: Even though the state government has asked everyone to walk to nearest local markets to buy essential commodities and groceries during lockdown, many have chosen to ignore the order.
People can be seen using two and four-wheelers to visit markets thereby flouting lockdown norms with impunity.
To put a curb on the unruly act, the police have enforced strict vigilance. In last 24 hours, police have so far seized 679 vehicles and have collected hefty fines from violators in Cuttack, a source in the police said. Beside the officials also registered nine cases in this regard.
The source further added that the cops have also charged a penalty of Rs 200 each from 243 persons for not wearing masks in public.
Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police once again urged residents to visit local markets for essentials on foot. They said there is no shortage of vegetables and groceries and people should not act on rumours. Police have also said that they are ready to help any person in case of trouble.