Kolkata: Over 400 booked for violating night curfew restriction set by the W.B. government

More than 400 drivers and riders were prosecuted in Kolkata between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Monday when the West Bengal government enforced the night curfew. During the night curfew, only emergency vehicles are permitted to operate. Only an hour after the West Bengal government published the notification, some 40 nakas (checkpoints) that had been set up from 11 p.m. to arrest intoxicated drivers were switched to night restriction nakas. Between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., 403 drivers and cyclists were charged.

The most violations were reported by traffic guards in East and Ultadanga, accounting for more over half of the charges. According to the Times of India, the East Guard charged 147 motorists, while the Ultadanga Guard arrested another 80. Meanwhile, 347 persons were detained by divisional officers on Sunday for breaking the rules.

The Garia and DH Road guards, who manage traffic from Kolkata to South 24 Parganas, also reported a number of breaches. On Monday, at 10 p.m., the inspections began. Only necessary services would be authorised in the state between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., as according to Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, who announced the restrictions at a news conference on Sunday.

Kolkata has contributed half of the daily new cases, with 4,759 persons testing positive in the previous 24 hours, according to the state. Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., only emergency services will be allowed to function, with shopping malls, movie theatres, and restaurants allowed to operate at 50% capacity until 10 p.m. West Bengal recorded 9,073 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state's positive rate to 18.96%.

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