Shoot At Sight Orders May be issued if lockdown violated: Telangana CM

Telangana CM said if police cannot control the situation, shoot at sight order will be given to ensure lockdown measures are followed.

Hyderabad| Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said ‘shoot-at-sight’ order will be issued if people don’t follow lockdown orders that have been imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

He appealed to people to cooperate with the administration and stay at home during the lockdown period.

“If people do not listen and stay indoors, we will be forced to implement a 24-hour curfew. If people continue to be on the streets, then the army has to be called out and shoot at sight orders may be issued,’’ Rao said, appealing to the people to not go out, or get into arguments in officials implementing the restrictions.

“In the US, the Army had to be called in to enforce lockdown. If people don’t follow coronavirus lockdown, a situation may arise where we’ll have to impose 24-hour curfew and issue shoot-at-sight orders. I urge people not to let such a situation arise.” said Rao in a public statement.

“If police cannot control the situation, shoot-at-sight order will be given and the Army would have to be called. Let us ensure that we don’t get to that situation,” Rao, who is also known as KCR, said, adding curfew is in place in the state from 7 pm to 6 am.

The CM also urged elected public representatives to help create awareness among people about the importance of social distancing during the pandemic.

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“Where are the leaders? I cannot see a single public representative on the road. I have seen only police, municipal and other departmental officers. You have to come out and assist people,” KCR said while referring to elected representatives.

He said there are over 10 lakh elected representatives in the state and this is the time for them to stand by their people.

“If people have an emergency, they can call to ‘100’ for assistance. We will keep 100 vehicles ready in the state to deal with an emergency,’ Rao added.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Telangana was 25 as of 9:00 pm on March 24. Nationwide the number of active cases has risen to 468 according to the Health Ministry.

As per the announcements of the World Health Organisation, globally the number of cases has climbed to over 3,76,000, including around 16,000 deaths.

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