Kohima, April 2: The Wokha district administration has sought additional police force to man the border with Assam.
In a letter to the Principal Secretary and Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Orenthung Lotha said in view of the detection of positive cases of COVID-19 in Assam, especially at Bheluguri village bordering Merapani areas under Wokha district, the district administration has issued an order sealing the inter-state boundary between Wokha-Assam to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 into Wokha district.
In this regard, the Wokha DC has asked for deployment of additional police personnel to curb the inflow and movement of vehicles and immigrants from Assam into the neighbouring villages of Wokha and also to effectively implement the order.
Further considering that the entire stretch of Nagaland-Assam border of Wokha district is porous and with only one police check post at Bhandari town, that additional police check post at Ralan sector and Changpang sector be permitted at the earliest.
The Wokha district administration has sealed the inter-state points of Assam except for security forces and emergency medical services. Supply of all essential commodities will be routed through Dimapur. And any person or group of persons acting in violation of the order will be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile in addition to earlier sanction of Rs 38 lakhs to Deputy Commissioners from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, an amount of Rs 75 lakhs has been released to the DCs for implementation of effective measures against COVID-19 and Rs one lakh each for Naga Students’ Union Punjab and Rajasthan. (Page News Service)