Coronavirus in India: Police lathicharge lockdown violators in Assam

Many people had come on road in Kamrup, Nalbari, Karimganj, Nagaon districts on Tuesday night, violating prohibitory orders amid lockdown, which was announced to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Assam Police on Tuesday resorted to lathicharge against several lockdown violators, according to local reports.

Many people in Kamrup, Nalbari, Karimganj, Nagaon districts were out on the roads on Tuesday night, violating prohibitory orders amid lockdown, which was announced to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Police had alerted the people not to come on the roads and avoid mass gathering to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. But many violated the prohibitory order and came out on the roads. Many shops, business establishments were also opened.

It is worth noting that all shops selling essential items like grocery and medicine will be open during the three-week lockdown from today.

However, movement of individuals expect those involved in emergency duties is strictly prohibited during the period and the government has requested people to stay indoors.

In Nalbari and Karimganj districts, police reportedly resorted to lathi-charge on the violators. A few people were also detained briefly.

A police official of Karimganj district said police will do anything to enforce the all prohibitory orders. We will strictly deal against the violators because it puts other people’s lives at risk, the police officer said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown of the entire country for 21 days in an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19. Earlier, the Assam government had also imposed statewide lockdown started from 6 pm on March 24.

So far, the novel coronavirus has claimed over 10 lives in India and there are over 500 confirmed cases.

Source: India Today

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