Odisha Police collected Rs 1.25 crore as fine from people caught in public places without face masks across the State

Bhubaneswar: Police have collected Rs 1.25 crore as fine from people caught in public places without facemasks across the State, said Director-General of Police (DGP) Abhay while attending a videoconference chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday. The State Government has increased the fine amount for offenders from Rs 200 to Rs 500. The penalty amount has also been increased to Rs 1,000 after two repeated violations on mask use, he pointed out. The DGP also said a sum of Rs 11,74,350 has been collected from people who violated the social distancing norm and Rs 1,03,800 from offenders of night curfew norms. He said that while implementing a directive issued by the Chief Minister on “zero walking inside Odisha for inter-State migrants,” the DGP said police undertook 524 trips in different vehicles to transport as many as 24,587 people and dropped them at different border points.