Maharashtra is the worst hit state of the deadly COVID virus, and to contain the spread of virus the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced a 15-day curfew across the state from April 14 for the coming fortnight till May 1.
Maharashtra director-general of police Sanjay Pandey on Wednesday said unlike the lockdown of the last year, this time there will be no provision of movement passes. The state police has also been asked to not use force when citizens are following the guidelines. Movement restriction will be imposed with utmost restraint. Exceptions will be made for emergency cases and decisions will be taken accordingly.
The curfew has already began from Wednesday 8pm, only essential services will be allowed to function in the state, which will come under Section 144 or CrPC prohibiting the assembly of five or more people at one spot. Essential services, public transport, banking and financial services etc., will be allowed to function. The decision has come after the night curfew and weekend lockdowns which were imposed for a week failed to contain the spread of virus. The total affected tally rose to 60,000 per day when the government and opposition parties agreed to bring back stricter restrictions.
Maharashtra has also met several criticism as traders are opposing the government's decision to shut all shops, dealing with non-essential products and services, in the state, while public transport will remain available.
The state government has also announced a financial package for those who are deprived due to second lockdown in the state.