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Medicine shops shut down in protest at Dimapur, re-open later

Dimapur, April 24: Medicine shops downed their shutters Friday morning after a confusion was created regarding opening of wholesale medical shops in Sosino Market (Murgipatti) today.
Sources said that there was lack of communication to the police personnel on duty, who prevented the medical stores people to enter the area, which led to a kind of protest by all pharmacies thereby leading to closing down of all pharmacies in the town. However, the shops opened later after the matter was resolved.
The incident took place when people from wholesale medical shops people were reportedly denied entry into Murgipatti area, despite a latest order issued by the Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur directing medicine wholesale dealers in Dimapur district except Marwaripatti containment area to open their stores from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on alternate days with effect from April 24, 2020 by strictly following the medical protocols till further notice.
When asked, a medicine dealer told Nagaland Page that the CMO’s order was published in local newspaper, but the police personnel on duty had prevented them from entering Murgipatti. He said due to restriction, they felt that all medicine shops should be closed down in unity.
He, however said that the matter was later resolved, after which the medicine shops were opened.
It may be mentioned that most of the wholesale medicine shops are located in Murgipatti area, which is presently declared as containment area. The entire area has been sealed by the police.
However, the CMO’s order had given permission to the medicine dealers to open their respective shops inside the containment area, but they were prevented entry by the police personnel Friday morning.
This led to a commotion and later a protest by the medicine dealers in town, who downed their shutters.
According to sources, during a meeting of the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer on April 23, it was decided that all the medicine dealers would be allowed to open stores, except in the Marwaripatti containment area, but the police personnel on duty were not communicated about the said decision.
NMDA rejects social media claims
Meanwhile, NMDA President, Ato Yepthomi has rejected the claims in Social Media that the Association had called any bandh or any claims of lack of communication between Police officials and the personals on duty.
The medicine dealers of N L Road area had gathered together waiting for police to receive order and open Sosino Market area (Medical Market), which they went in after the market was opened.
NMDA has urged upon the concerned people not to spread false propoganda and take legal action against those who have spread wrong message in the name of the Association.(Page News Service)