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Voluntary Aarogya Setu now mandatory in Noida, FIR, Rs 1000 fine or 6-month jail if app not downloaded

Don't have the Aaorgya Setu app yet? You can land in trouble if you are a resident of Noida or Greater Noida. As per the new guidelines issued by the police, people found without the app in their phones will be penalized.

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: May 5, 2020  | 16:09 IST

Highlights

  • Donít have the Aaorgya Setu app yet? You can land in trouble if you are a resident of Noida or Greater Noida.
  • s per the new guidelines issued by the police, people found without the app
  • A person can be punished under Section 188 of IPC for not obeying the law enforced by the authorities.

Don't have the Aaorgya Setu app yet? You can land in trouble if you are a resident of Noida or Greater Noida. As per the new guidelines issued by the police, people found without the app in their phones will be punished for violating laws. Apart from this, people stepping out in public places without masks will be held for violating lockdown.

A person can be punished under Section 188 of IPC for not obeying the law enforced by the authorities. Under this, a person can be imprisoned for 6 months or will have to pay fine up to Rs 1000.

"All those with smartphones who do not have the application can be booked under Section 188 of the IPC. After that, a judicial magistrate will either decide if the person will be tried, fined, or left with a warning," Akhilesh Kumar, DCP Law and Order was quoted by Indian Express.

Aarogya Setu is a contact tracing app designed by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus and track COVID-19 positive cases. Within days of its launch, it was downloaded 80 million times. The app notifies a user if he comes in contact with a coronavirus positive patient, it also shows the reports of a person's surrounding whether there are any positive cases in the vicinity. The Aarogya Setu app is currently available to smartphone users but the government is planning to make it available for feature phones as well.

The Gautam Budh Nagar police also said if a person downloads the app in front of them on being caught they will set him free. "If people download it instantly, we will let them go. We are doing this so that people take the order seriously and download it. But if they do not download it after repeated warnings, we will have to take action," Kumar said

The Police also said that if people complain of not having enough mobile data to download the app, they will provide mobile hotspot so that the app can be downloaded instantly and right in front of their eyes. However, if a person cites phone-related issues like storage or low battery, the police will take the person's number and call him after a few days to check whether he has downloaded the app or not. The police will conduct sudden checks at populated areas such as markets, grocery stories and border areas.

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