AGENCIES, Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday warned people that if people of the state do not abide by the orders and stay at home during the lockdown, then he would have no other option but give shoot at sight orders.
The statement came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Earlier, before PM announced the lockdown on Tuesday evening, he had expressed his anguish that people were not taking the ‘stay at home’ order seriously.
“If people don’t listen to the police, then I will ask for army deployment and shoot-at-sight orders will be issued,” the CM said asking all MLAs to remain available.
“In US, the Army had to be called in to enforce lockdown. If people don’t follow Coronavirus Lockdown, a situation may arise where we’ll have to impose 24-hour curfew and issue shoot-at-sight orders. I urge people not to let such a situation arise,” he said in a public statement.
The state has reported 25 coronavirus cases so far, the minister said.