Express press service
KOCHI: People seeking to recover vehicles that have been seized for violating the Covid protocol will need to submit a negative RT-PCR certificate to do so. Ernakulam Rural Police have introduced the strict rule – claimed to be the first of its kind in the state – in light of growing lockdown violations. Ernakulam (rural) district police chief K Karthick told TNIE that police are taking huge risks to save lives during the pandemic.
“But some people are the least bothered. We found several motorists wandering for no particular reason. Strict measures are being implemented only to prevent people from contracting Covid, ”he said.
According to police sources, last week alone 2,750 vehicles were seized in the rural district of Ernakulam.
“Several police officers are currently under treatment after having tested positive for Covid. Most of them contracted the infection while on duty. We cannot take more risks by allowing these motorists to come freely to the police stations to claim their vehicles. The new rule is both a warning and a safety mechanism, ”Karthik said.
Previously, police made negative RT-PCR certificates mandatory for food delivery people after violating safety standards. “To ensure the proper delivery of food, the government has relaxed restrictions on the operation of food delivery operators. But some food delivery people have overused the relaxation. We have therefore made an RT-PCR certificate compulsory for those working in the sector, ”he added.
Meanwhile, a senior police department official said the new rule will be applied in other districts where violations are high. “Despite the government’s campaign and the police department’s crackdown, people continue to venture out for no good reason. Such orders will help police reduce cases of Covid. We will soon be implementing it in other districts, ”said the officer.