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Guwahati Lockdown: 319 Vehicles Detained, 43 Persons Arrested for Violation

Nehal Jain | July 04, 2020 14:10 hrs

As Guwahati stepped into complete lockdown starting from the midnight of June 28, the Assam Police personnel were tasked with ensuring compliance of the lockdown guidelines by citizens. As such, the police stepped up its vigil and punished lockdown violators with fines, seizure of vehicles and even arrests.

Within the first four days of lockdown, 319 vehicles have been seized and 43 persons have been arrested for violating lockdown rules in Guwahati. 

On the first day of lockdown (June 29), a total of 132 vehicles were detained by the Guwahati police. On June 30, an additional 79 vehicles were detained, followed by 58 vehicles on July 1 and 50 vehicles on July 2. 

Citizens are also being charged with fines for non-wearing of masks.      

The Assam Police also came up with another method to keep those pesky lockdown violators at bay. 

The Assam Police has now set up some helpline numbers, on which one may inform the police if they see anybody violating the lockdown norms. The numbers are as follows: 6026900970 6026900971 6026900972 6026900973.

Additionally, responsible citizens may also report these violations on the official Twitter handles of the Assam Police, Guwahati Police or Guwahati Traffic Police.

As on July 3, 2020, a total of 117 Assam Police personnel have tested positive for Covid-19. While 26 have recovered, 1,132 additional persons are under quarantine. However, the health of all personnel is good. 

Moreover, in the entire nation, 100 police/CAPF personnel have died of Covid-19 while putting their lives on the line to shield the citizens. Further, 11,150 personnel have so far tested positive for the virus, exposing themselves while on duty. 

Even as the central government has issued guidelines for 'Unlock 2.0' for phased re-opening of activities barred to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country, the district administration of Guwahati has only allowed for the opening of pharmacies, hospitals and a few emergency services during the lockdown period in Guwahati. 

The new lockdown guidelines state that grocery, vegetable stores and meat shops will remain shut, except for milk, baby food and medicines.

The state’s health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has said that a review meeting will be held after seven days to inspect the situation and whether or not to reopen grocery and other essential commodity stores for the rest of the remaining lockdown days.
 

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