The Pune Police department over the course of eight days, between 2nd and 10th September, fined 27,989 citizens for not wearing masks in public places. They reported having collected an amount of ₹1.39 crore amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mr Bacchan Singh.
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, issued orders to Municipal Corporations across the state to impose a fine of ₹500 for failure to wear a mask as a precautionary measure and ₹1000 for spitting in public spaces. The Pune Municipal Corporation handed over the task of taking action against offenders to the Pune City Police Department to sensitise and secure greater levels of compliance from people with the directive issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the management of Covid-19. The directive states that “Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport” while also empowering state police departments to prosecute those who fail to comply.
Receipt books were issued by the Municipal Corporation to the City Police Department for this purpose. Those who were caught failing to comply with the directives of the district administration were made to pay the fines in cash and issued receipts stating the name of the person, as well as the place and time where they were caught violating the same.
Fines were imposed after it was observed that people failed to wear masks across the city. Pune on the 8th of September became the first district in the country to cross 2 lakh cases on the 12th of September saw its highest single-day spike in reported cases with 5208 fresh cases, taking the total number of reported cases to 2,23,710 cases, out of which 1,46,182 patients have recovered, while the death toll stands at 4693.