Following the positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in neighbouring Karimganj district, the Hailakandi district administration has sealed the inter-district borders with Karimganj and Cachar.
Movement of people and vehicles have been completely stopped except the vehicles carrying essential commodities and in emergency services.
Superintendent of Police, Pabindra Kumar Nath said the sealing of inter-district borders has been taken to ensure health security of the people in view of detection of a positive case of coronavirus in the adjoining district.
Nath said steps have already been taken to seal all the border roads with neighbouring Mizoram as some persons sneaked into Assam.
Following the detection of a positive COVID-19 case in Karimganj district, Deputy Commissioner, Hailakandi, Keerthi Jalli said, “This is not a drill anymore. Complete lockdown measures in Hailakandi. Severe punishments for violators.”
The administration has stepped up to enforce total lockdown in the district. Hailakandi and other towns wore a deserted look with an eerie silence prevailing all around.
The district police have seized 63 numbers of vehicles and bikes and have arrested 19 persons for violation of the lockdown, including registration of five numbers of cases. Total fine realised by way of penalties is Rs 19,000, as of March 30th, 2020.
Following the circulation of an unsigned letter with names of several persons belonging to Tabliqui Jamat who went to Nizamuddin in New Delhi for a religious congregation and entering into Hailakandi went viral in the social media, alarm bells started ringing in.
10 numbers of persons, who were part of Tabliqui Jamat, and returned to Hailakandi on March 15th, 2020 have been put under extended home quarantine. Another nine persons who were not part of Tabliqui Jamat had returned from Delhi on March 9th, 2020.
“All these persons have no symptoms of COVID-19. However, we are taking no chances and they are being monitored and kept under observation. There is no reason to panic,” said an official. 1,417 persons have been kept under home quarantine.
The administration is ensuring an unhindered flow of essential commodities through the retail fair price shops and licensed groceries.
Jalli informed that magistrates have been deployed to check price rise and prevent hoarding. Daily stock position of essential commodities in the open market along with the wholesale and retail price of essential commodities is being circulated and prominently displayed in the grocery shops.
The arrangement is being made to provide door-to-door delivery of vegetables in several places across the district.
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