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Mumbai: People thrash BMC worker for asking fine for not wearing mask

Amid the threat of the third wave of COVID-19 looming around, people are seen becoming more and more complacent by not following the proper protocols and maintaining social distances. In a recent incident, a group of people in Mumbai’s Juhu were seen thrashing a BMC clean-up marshal after he tried to collect a fine from someone who was not wearing a face mask. 

The incident happened on Monday when a BMC official was trying to collect a fine from someone who was not wearing a mask, a civic official said. He added, “We insist on taking a photograph just in case a person refuses to pay the fine stating that they have the face mask on them,” quoted Times of India. 

But this time, a group of people thrashed the official when he tried to collect a fine. 

This comes after a similar incident took place earlier this year, when a woman, who was not wearing a mask, punched and slapped a female BMC official in Mumbai’s Kandivali area after the latter tried to stop her. A video of the incident had gone viral on social media. 

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has deployed clean-up marshals at high footfall areas to encourage COVID-appropriate behaviour among people. The clean-up marshals have been asked by the BMC to fine citizens who are found not wearing masks. 

The BMC and the Mumbai police, earlier this month, have fined almost 14,000 Mumbaikars for flouting COVID-19 norms.