8.78 lakh persons arrested for defying curfew

Chennai: Even as Chennai is showing significant improvement in the Covid-19 cases, the State police are not slowing down in arresting lockdown violators.

Since the lockdown began in March, the police arrested 8,78,722 persons for violating norms of social distancing and venturing out during curfew.

A press release from the DGP’s office said that 8,00,039 violations have been recorded by the police in various districts and FIRs have been registered against them.

The restrictions have been imposed across the State to curb the spread of Coronavirus since 24 March. The city will be under lockdown until 31 July. As many as 6,44,296 vehicles were seized from these persons.

However, the vehicles are being returned to their owners in a phased manner. A total amount of Rs 18,42,88,491 has been collected from violators as fines since March.