Will be forced to issue shoot-at-sight orders against those violating lockdown rules: Telangana CM

WION Web Team New Delhi Mar 25, 2020, 07.23 AM(IST)

File photo of K Chandrashekar Rao. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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In an address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown for the next 21 days in the wake of the rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. 

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday said that he would be forced to issue shoot-at-sight order against those violating the lockdown rules. 

''In US, 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,'' he said.

He urged the people not to let such a situation arise. 

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In an address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for the next 21 days in the wake of the rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. 

The coronavirus tally has crossed the 500-mark in India with over 30 fresh cases getting reported from across the country on Tuesday.

The number now stands at 536.

The lockdown began at 12 am on March 25 and will run for the next three weeks.