Setting an example, Inspector General of Police (Kanpur range) Mohit Agarwal got himself fined for not wearing a mask in public.
Mr Agarwal asked the Station House Officer of Barra police station, Ranjeet Singh, to fine him for stepping out without wearing a mask.
The SHO made the fine receipt and handed over a copy to the officer who paid Rs 100 as fine on the spot.
Mr Agarwal later told PTI that he had gone to Barra on Friday for inspection and had stepped out of his vehicle without a mask. "I had discussion with the subordinates, including circle officers, and later realised my mistake that I was not wearing a mask," the officer said.
कल बर्रा थाना क्षेत्र मे भ्रमण दौरान गाड़ी से उतरते वक़्त IG रेंज द्वारा मास्क धारण नहीं किया गया था,यद्यपि कुछ ही सेकेन्ड मे उन्होने मास्क पहन लिया, फिर भी उन्होंने स्वयं चालान करवाया व जुर्माना राशि जमा की ताकि जनता व अन्य पुलिस कर्मियों में मास्क पहनने की जागरूकता पैदा हो । pic.twitter.com/ZlVIg1M4D8- IG RANGE KANPUR (@igrangekanpur) June 6, 2020
"I immediately took out my mask from my official vehicle and put it on," he said.
"But I felt it was ethical to get myself challaned and fined to set an example for police and public," he said.
The state government had said that a fine of Rs 100 would be levied on those not wearing face covers in public. This was part of its measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the officer said.
The top brass of the state had also announced that they would strictly enforce the use of face masks by people.
It was also announced that any person disobeying the direction would be deemed to have committed an offence.