Dimapur, July 21: Dimapur Police today swung into action at 2 pm following directive from the Commissioner of Police, Rothihu Tetseo IPS and installed barricades at major traffic intersections at City Tower, Nyamo Lotha Road, Dhobinalla, Nagarjan Point and Veterinary Point. The police also ensured that all the shops were closed at 2 pm.
Incidentally, following such move even medical shops/pharmacies were closed down, which otherwise used to open till evening to cater to the medical needs of people.
Though Dimapur city wore a deserted look hours after implementation of the lockdown rules, people poured into the streets in the evening as usual for jogging, cycling etc, especially in City Tower area.
While the intention of Police Commissionerate and District administration was to strictly implement the lockdown rules in view of the present situation COVID-19 situation in the State, movement of several vehicles, including two-wheelers on non-essential duties in the late afternoon violated the lockdown rules.
The Commissioner of Police had cautioned that unnecessary movement in the street, bikers, cycling on the road and movement of non-essential traffic will not be allowed after 2 pm, except those who are under the exempted category. However, on Tuesday evening it was as normal as other days as quite a number of cyclists were seen around City Tower and lots of people had come out for jogging. The movement of four-wheelers and two-wheeler remained unabated.
During the meeting of DTF Dimapur on July 20, the house had agreed for more stringent implementation of lockdown rules in view of the present situation and accordingly the Commissioner of Police had issued directives yesterday.
Meanwhile, DC Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi IAS today warned that public movement will not be allowed after 2 pm and cautioned that defaulters would be punished under Disaster Management Act 2005. He further directed that shopkeepers to strictly maintain the timing for opening and closing of their shops as per laid down guidelines. (Page News Service)