Policemen order shopkeepers to shut their outlets after authorities imposed night lockdowns amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus instances in Karachi on July 26, 2021. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Sindh House Division mentioned Monday station home officers (SHO) might now take motion towards SOPs’ violators because the province imposes restrictions to curb COVID-19’s unfold.

The house division, in an amended notification, mentioned police inspectors might take motion towards these concerned in violating the federal government’s mandated commonplace working procedures (SOPs) at workplaces, industries, and outlets.

The police officers have been allowed to take motion below Part 3(1) of the Sindh Epidemic Illnesses Act, 2014, the notification mentioned.

The powers have been earlier restricted to deputy and assistant commissioners.

“Beside Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, Labour Officers involved in addition to personnel of Legislation Enforcement Businesses not under the rank of Inspector Police (or equal rank for different LEAs), the Further Deputy Commissioners, Mukhtiarkars and Officers Incharge of Police Stations are additionally empowered below part 3(1) of the Sindh Epidemic Illnesses Act, 2014 (The Sindh Act VII of 2015) to take any authorized motion on any act in contravention of this (unique/amended) order or instructions/notices issued thereunder and together with motion below part 188 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860,” it mentioned.

The event comes after the Sindh authorities had imposed province-wide restrictions to curb coronavirus following a surge in instances as a result of Delta variant.

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