Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, traders and shop owners in Pune staged protests against the stringent restrictions, leading to charges for flouting norms including inadequate social distancing.
Led by the former Mayor of Pune, a group of traders appealed to the Commissioner of Police (CP) to dismiss the lockdown violation cases lodged against them. Consequently, State Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to withdraw cases registered between March 21, 2021, and March 31, 2022. The Home Department is now tasked with reviewing all cases and initiating appropriate actions.
To facilitate this process, a meeting was convened with the participation of Fatechand Ranka, President of the Federation of Traders Association Of Pune (FATP), Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar, and BJP General Secretary and Former Mayor Murlidhar Mohol. District-level committees, headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Divisional, have been entrusted with the responsibility of identifying eligible cases for withdrawal, ensuring a smoother procedure ahead.