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Police force ordered to maintain restraint; law-breakers warned of strict action

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/21/2020 12:07:54 PM IST
Nodal officer for COVID 19, PHQ Kohima and IGP range, Limasunep said a strict order had been issued to the entire rank and file of State security forces to maintain restraint and to be empathetic, sensitive and adopt a humanitarian approach during the current crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic. He however warned that blatant violation of laws would be dealt with sternly.
Speaking to Nagaland Post at his office chamber here on Tuesday, Limasunep also regretted the recent alleged incidents of police highhandedness at Dimapur and Wokha, but added that both the cases had been amicably settled between the parties involved. 
He said order had been issued to policemen asking them to be more restraint in their conduct as the current situation was not just about law & order but a humanitarian crisis, while still maintaining public order. 
The nodal officer said company commanders had been instructed to supervise jawans and that district police would have to be more sensitive and adopt humanitarian approach to people in distress, but warned that blatant violation of rules and laws would be dealt with as per the law.
He appealed to citizens to stay at home unless there was extreme necessity like buying essential commodities and medical reasons, as had been directed by the State government, insisting that people should abide by the law.
Limasunep informed this correspondent that currently 27,000 police men and women were involved in various duties across the State, including in hospitals, for carrying blood samples to various testing centres, in quarantine centres, containment duties, community policing and ensuring lockdown.
Being part of the government machinery in combating COVID-19, he claimed that all efforts were being made to ensure that all the advisories of the government were followed strictly.
NPFWA prepare PPEs: Nagaland Police Family Welfare Association, which comprises wives and children of police personnel, is making personal protective equipments (PPEs), re-purposed from ponchos used as raincoats by police personnel and donated to Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK).   
Limasunep said the association was all set to supply 3,000 PPE kits and other protective gears to various hospitals and agencies by this week.
Mentioning that the police department had received a lot of support from various individuals and agencies, including governor RN Ravi and health & family welfare department, he claimed that the protective gears were distributed to all districts and battalions, including police units, adding even battalion unit hospitals were equipped now.
He said N-95 masks and others equipment were given to policemen and policewomen involved in high-risk jobs like in hospitals, adding those on normal patrolling duties were given three-layer masks and hand sanitizers.
 

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