Many continue to defy lockdown orders across state

Many continue to defy lockdown orders across state
(L) Shoppers throng a market in Kohima (R) Vendors sell vegetables along the foothpath near Clock Tower, Dimapur on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, MAR 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/31/2020 12:45:36 PM IST

Despite several orders issued by authorities for effecting lockdown across Nagaland to contain the spread of COVID 19, public by and large, did not adhere to the restrictions. Since the past few days, people continued panic-buying at markets, groceries and pharmacies in huge numbers and ignored the social distancing. 

Kohima: Kohima was also witness to hordes of buyers ignoring social distancing at various stores and markets. A police officer on duty in Kohima regretted that public wilfully disobeyed advisories announced by the government. He said though police were restricting movement of people, yet in consideration of their need for buying daily food items, they were left off after warning.

 He said in many instances many people were not following the orders given by the district administration when more than two from a family went to buy groceries.

 When police warned them, the officer said they explained that since movement of vehicles were restricted, they had to carry commodities home.

 The officer also said the police vehicles without valid pass were not allowed to ply on the roads and drivers booked. In some cases, he said people did not cooperate and in some cases, people had to face the wrath of public for doing their duty. When contacted DC Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie maintained that the administration was carrying out directives in the best interest of public health safety. He also said the administration had asked all bakeries and grocery shops to remain open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and adhere to the regulations. He also requested public to strictly to the guidelines issued during the period of lockdown.

When asked about various volunteers enforcing lockdown, Thejawelie clarified the administration had not asked for volunteers nor their involvement in enforcing the lockdown. He explained that some village and colony youth had come out to ensure lockdown out of concern for residents in their localities. 

While appreciating the role of volunteers, Thejawelie however reminded them to follow the government’s standing orders and not take law into their own hands.

Dimapur: After the near-fiasco on March 30 when vehicles jammed the roads and shoppers massed stores and markets, Dimapur police on March 31 took a more proactive role in enforcing regulation of movement of vehicles. Police set up barricades at entry and exit points near Hotel Tragopan junction, Deluxe Point (Bata Char Ali), Dhobinalla junction, New Market junction, G.S Road, MP Road, Nyamo Lotha Road and Eros Lane Road etc.. 

The lockdown created traffic snarl at various junctions as commuters struggled to find the exit points. There were also reports that medical staff, media with passes, under exempted list of the lockdown, were also denied entry in some areas.

Some grocery shop owners in New Market area also claimed they were not allowed to open their shops. Many vegetable vendors from the same market were allotted space along foothpath at Holy Cross Junction, Circular Road, Kher Mahal Junction etc. Shoppers were only allowed to walk on foot to procure the essentials.

Many grocery dealers, who were not allowed to open their shops, urged the competent authority come out with a clear cut directive in this regard.


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