The chairman of a hospital equipment manufacturer company received a call from a Delhi-based shopkeeper, asking him to place an order for masks and hand sanitisers. He later realised that his details were allegedly being used for cheating people online.
The fact that provisions were not made for migrant labourers to get their daily bread or return home while announcing the lockdown on Tuesday, forced many to start walking over 500 km to their homes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Deshmukh said that those being released would include inmates behind bars for offences with punishment up to seven years. However, convicts who are serving sentence for serious offences like terror and major economic offences will not be eligible.
However, this has not meant less work for the police, as they have been responding to several complaints about people in chawls and buildings who have returned from abroad and are not staying indoors. Police are also hesitant to arrest people as it would mean taking precautions for them as well.
With COVID-19 cases spreading fast, and India imposing flight restrictions, Maharashtra Tour Organisers' Association (MTOA), which has 130 tour operators registered with it, says small companies have asked as high as 40 per cent of their employees to go on leave or take pay cuts.
The commissioner also said that priority should also be placed on prevention of crimes. “He emphasised that the police should have a good network using which they should be able to foil crime,” the officer said.
During the course of the hearing on January 17, 2018, the HC asked the Mumbai police commissioner to conduct and enquiry through the Joint Commissioner of Police to look into allegations of connivance of police.