Nagas have misunderstood lockdown for total curfew: State NPP

Nagas have misunderstood lockdown for total curfew: State NPP
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Asks police, village/colony authorities to avoid assaulting public
Dimapur, March 27: The NPP Nagaland State has expressed concern that the authorities in Nagaland, including the police and the lockdown enforcing village and colony youth councils, have misunderstood the real concept of a lockdown and created a situation akin to a total curfew during war-like situation.
“The authorities in Nagaland including the Police and the lockdown enforcing village and colony youths councils have grossly misunderstood the real concept of a lockdown and has created a situation akin to a total curfew during a war-like situation. Instead of having a human apathy towards fellow citizens at this time of crisis, they are harassing the common people, especially the helpless ones, which is totally against all human ethics especially Nagaland being a Christian State where we must show examples of compassion and love towards our fellow human beings,” said the State NPP in a press release.
The NPP reminded that the Government of India has never given an advisory to any of the States that even individuals should not and cannot venture out of their homes to buy essential commodities, medicines, etc for their families and for emergency purposes including funerals.
“The Police and the Village / Colony authorities should understand this and avoid harassing and physically assaulting the public in the name of lockdown. Various organizations should also not take law in their hands at this crucial juncture which may worsen the situation and may result in total breakdown and chaos,” it said and requested all concerned to show utmost restraint while dealing with the situation at present.
The NPP Nagaland also requested the State Government, especially the concerned departments, to come out with an immediate and well-streamlined policy to deal with the pandemic like procuring enough ventilators, setting up quarantine centres in all the districts, keeping enough ambulances as standby to deal with any eventuality and most importantly to procure enough testing kits, hazmat suits, masks and hand-sanitizers so that in the eventuality of an outbreak, Nagaland will be adequately prepared for the worst.
The party also appealed to public to cooperate with the Government and authorities and as far as possible stay at home and only let one person from each family to venture out for buying essential commodities, medicines, etc. as per the scheduled time to avoid any untoward situation.
It requested the State Government to ensure that there is free flow of essential commodities in the market and authorities concerned of all the districts strictly deal with grocery shops and pharmacies that are trying to hoard goods and charging exorbitant prices from the public.
The NPP further asked the State Government to come out with a clear-cut policy with assistance from the Centre to facilitate the daily wage earners, the homeless beggars and those who are stranded in various States due to the lockdown. It also wanted that the Police Department be sensitized to be more humane in their dealing towards the public, who are already petrified by the pandemic.
At the same time, the NPP lauded the humanitarian efforts of all those who are consistently aiding the control of the pandemic including doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers. (Page News Service)