Agra: Police in Agra’s Loha Mandi area arrested eight persons on Friday for not wearing face masks in public. They were charged under section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) of the Criminal Procedure Code and were presented before an executive magistrate, who sent the accused to jail for 14 days.

Loha Mandi station house officer Narendra Sharma said, “All the eight accused were caught from different locations, such as Sayeed Pada, Moti Kunj, Nai Basti, Telipada and Naubasta area, where they were wandering in the streets without any specific purpose and without masks. They were gathered in groups violating the lockdown rules.”

”The eight were punished with jail term by additional city magistrate-III Mahendra Kumar. The accused were identified as Rizwana, Shama, Afzal, Bholu, Akeel, Ali and Zakeer,” he added.

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District government counsel (criminal) Basant Gupta said, “The accused failed to pay the surety bond of Rs 1 lakh. Hence, for the non-compliance, they were sent to jail for two weeks.“

Notably, in a similar case earlier on Monday, Shahganj Police had booked three men for not wearing masks. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government made it compulsory for people to wear a mask or hide their mouth and nose while stepping out of their houses.

Several states have made wearing of face masks mandatory and some of them, like Delhi and Gujarat, have announced jail terms ranging from three to six months for violators.