Bhubaneswar: The Odisha police DGP, Abhay, Friday said that the police have collected fines to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore from people not wearing mask.

The DGP, while briefing the chief minister Naveen Patnaik, said while Rs11.74 lakh has been collected towards violation of social distance, Rs1.03 lakh for night curfew violation.

Abhay said 53 cases of domestic violence have been detected by the police which investigated 9205 complaints during the lock down period.

He said that following the instructions of chief minister to facilitate the return of migrant workers stranded in Odisha to their native States, Odisha police have contacted 524 trips to send back 24, 587 migrants.

The chief minister praised the police for their commendable role during the crisis period.

” I would like to appreciate all of you for the hard work you and your teams have put in the last 3 months for creating awarness amongst people and enforcing Lockdown, ” said Patnaik adding, “I must mention here that there was so much restrain and dignified conduct in the whole process.”

“My appeal for ‘Zero walking inside Odisha’ for interstate migrants was implemented in letter and spirit because of systematic and coordinated hard work.”

“I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation for the good work done by ODRAF & FIRE in relief and restoration operations in West Bengal after Super Cyclone Amphan.”

“I would like to mention here that inspite of the threat of Coronavirus, our ODRAF and Fire personnel faced the situation boldly and helped people in distress in Kolkata. Your service will be an inspiration for others and the entire country has appreciated the work done.”

Stating that police should try and rationalise available manpower, the chief minister directed the DGP to prepare an action plan to make more and more manpower available at the police station level. This may be done within a fortnight with proper planning, he asserted.

The chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, said the police and civil officers have worked as a solid team.