Mixed response to lockdown in Nagaland

Mixed response to lockdown in Nagaland
Cops in Kohima with placards send out message to citizens. (NP)
Staff Reporters/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, MAR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/24/2020 12:11:55 PM IST


State-wide lockdown and Section 144 CrPC in Dimapur evoked a mixed response as a significant number of people were seen moving either on foot or in vehicles even as violators were taken to task by police personnel.

In Dimapur, prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were promulgated effective March 23 from 6 a.m. onwards till further orders. PRO Dimapur police informed that 167 individuals were booked for violating the order and 135 vehicles challaned for violation of M.V Act.  Police personnel were deployed at various junctions of Dimapur city stopping vehicles and pedestrians. In some places Traffic personnel were seen providing sanitizers to manual labourers. Those who drove aimlessly were asked to return while some were made to do hold their ears and do frog jump. Some violators were also made to hold placards that read: “I am an enemy of the society and human race. I cannot stay at home.”

Some colonies in Dimapur have announced total lockdown with some barring entry or exit of all persons irrespective of whether or not they were residents of the colonies.

Travellers stranded: Some passengers of Avadh Assam Express who arrived at Dimapur at around 9 a.m. Tuesday were left stranded as there were no autos nor taxis. 

Some of the passengers, who were mostly on their way to Manipur, claimed that they were caught unaware by the curfew. They expressed helplessness as they could not find any public transport due to the lockdown. Officers of East PS, on duty, said they were trying their best to assist the stranded passengers. They advised the stranded passengers to obtain medical certificates from the Dimapur District Hospital before travelling.

In Kohima, speaking to Nagaland Post, a police personnel on duty said people were very casual in treating lockdown as holiday and venturing out, regretting that the people perhaps did not understand the gravity of COVID 19.

Public distribution system shops were also seen crowded during the day, which indicated that panic buying continued despite the government’s assurance on having enough stock of essential commodities.

More than 100 commercial vehicles, especially local taxis, were detained and more stringent checking is expected in the coming days. In an attempt to make people understand the current situation, Kohima Police displayed placards that read “We stay at work for you, please stay at home for us”. 

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