One held in Jharkhand for opening shop amid lockdown

TNN Bureau. Updated: 3/24/2020 6:55:39 PM National

Ranchi, March 24 (IANS) One person running a betel shop ('paan' shop) was arrested for violating the lockdown orders in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh district on Tuesday.

According to the police, Ranjeet Kumar was running his betel shop at Nawabganj road in Hzaribagh district on Tuesday. First an FIR was lodged against him and later he was arrested. He was released after he paid a fine. In Dhanbad district, two shop owners were detained by the police for violating the lockdown.

As many as six FIRs have been lodged in Ranchi against shopowners for violating the lockdown rules.

In Jharkhand police have started taking measures to effectively ensure lockdown in the state in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The commuters are being checked and asked to return to their homes. Section 144 has been imposed in the state.

Heavy rush is seen at vegetable shops and for gas cylinders. Ranchi is facing a shortage of gas cylinders.

The Ranchi distrsict administration has said that banks will remain open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. after which they will be sanitised everyday.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has taken the shortage of gas cylinders seriously and ordered the district administration to look into the matter. The Chief Minster has also directed to take suitable action against those indulging in black marketeering. He has also directed officials to enforce the lockdown effectively.

Jharkahnd has till now not registered any coronavirus positive case.

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