CM Chouhan cautions stone-pelters, lockdown violators

Bhopal: This is not just a tweet.  This is a stern warning … Human rights are only for humans. This is what the personal twitter handle of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated on Thursday afternoon a day after health staff in Indore was stone pelted in Taatpatti Bakhal area of Indore.

Since, joining as Madhya Pradesh (MP) chief minister (CM) on March 23 has held over a dozen meetings to combat COVID-19 outbreak in MP, while constantly monitoring the situation with top bureaucrats in Bhopal.

On Wednesday a mob had stone pelted health staff in Indore after the team had reached the area to check up on COVID-19 as per routine protocol. This action disrupted the lockdown efforts of the local administration and to contain the outbreak of a pandemic. Since then Indore, the cleanest city of the country has been criticised for its unruly behavior by its residents.

It was on Wednesday when Chouhan speaking to Indore residents had said that it is true that it is a major crisis but Indore is a unique city of the country, which has bagged top positionS three times in the country in the field of sanitation with its consciousness. Indore will also defeat this pandemic, he added.

Chouhan on Thursday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about measures being taken by the state government to help those stranded due to the lockdown. 21,357 people hailing from Madhya Pradesh are stranded in 27 states of the country. 15,342 people belonging to other states are stranded in Madhya Pradesh and the district administrations concerned have made arrangements for their shelter, food and medicines

He said Madhya Pradesh officials have been coordinating with their counterparts in these states to provide food and other necessities to them for which a special team of IAS officers has been formed.

While CM Chouhan is constantly monitoring the COVID situation his tweet should be enough for the violators to take a lesson. As a day ago he had ordered removed of Pratik Hajela an IAS who was commissioner of health department in MP. Chouhan did not find the replies of Hajela satisfactory and ordered his immediate removal. Another IAS officer Faiz Ahmad Kidwai was given the charge in the evening.

Keeping in view the lockdown is affecting the general morale of the public the CM has been in constant conversation with the public as and when possible. On Wednesday he spoke with doctors, medical staff, nurses and administrative officials of Indore offering them gratitude for their services.

Seven people were arrested on Thursday attacking a team of healthcare workers health workers and damaging police barricades in Indore’s Taat Patti Bakhal. The identification of other accused is being done on the basis of video footage.

City Superintendent of Police (Sarafa) DK Tiwari said that the accused were identified based on the CCTV footage. Chhatripura police arrested seven people named Mustafa, Naushad, Mohammad Gulrez, Shahrukh Khan, Mubarik, Shoeb alias Shobi and Mazid Khan, the residents of Taat Patti Bakhal area. They are being questioned about their other accomplices.

On residents of MP participating in Nizamuddin Markaz Chouhan said that we have come to know that more than 100 people from MP also participated in this religious program. He said that there is a need to be fully vigilant in this regard.

Chouhan directed the officials to identify those persons of the state, who participated in the event of the Tableegh Jamaat and their health check-up should be conducted by placing them in quarantine. This action is in the interest of all, he added.

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