The capital complex administration has decided to impose curfew in the region from Tuesday until April 14, stated a deputy commissioner order on Monday.

The decision was taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus by regulating the unnecessary movement of pedestrians and vehicles.

The capital complex consists of Itanagar, the state capital, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

The curfew would be effective from 3.30 pm to 8.30 am from Tuesday till April 14 in addition to the already existing regulatory order issued earlier for the lockdown.

The administration in its regulatory order dated March 28 had restricted the timing of all merchandise activities from 9 am to 3 pm.

Capital Complex deputy commissioner Komkar Dolom vide an order on Monday said that the curfew had to be imposed after “it was observed in the past few days of the lockdown period that the movement of unauthorized persons and vehicles on the roads had not lessened as required.”

“The assembly of people in the market places is still crowded and social distancing is not maintained in spite of several advisories given, thereby, making it dangerous from the standpoint of possible spread of Coronavirus in the capital region,” the DC said in the order.

“It appears that the protocol of total lockdown has been considerably violated on the ground,” the order added.

Following the imposition of the curfew, “no unauthorized vehicles including two-wheelers and public will be allowed to move on the roads except the essential services and those who are otherwise permitted.”

The assembly of more than 3 persons will not be allowed except for medical purpose in the lifting of patients and the public have been advised to remain indoors.

“People sitting outside their building premises and walking in the streets are strictly prohibited during the curfew,” the order said.

In terms of the opening of ration, grocery and vegetable shops in various sectors, the order said that the same timing of 9 am to 3 pm would be maintained, provided there is social distancing.

“The wholesalers in the main market shall not sell essential products directly sell to the consumers,” the order further said.

“The retailers shall buy the products from the wholesalers and sell to the consumers in the respective sector markets,” it added.

“The vegetable vendors will continue to sell in the sectors only. They will not be allowed to sell their produce in the main market areas,” the order added.

The Capital superintendent of police, additional district magistrate, chief executive officer, magistrates and all the police personnel have been directed to implement the order in letter and spirit.

Arunachal Pradesh became the fourth state from the northeast to join the country’s coronavirus positive map after a man from Medo, in Lohit district tested positive on Thursday.

The man is not an Arunachalee but resides in the Medo area of Lohit district.

The patient who is asymptomatic as of now has been kept in a special isolation room in the Tezu zonal hospital.

The man, like most of the others, had attended a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Police has so far traced 23 persons who had participated in the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last month.

Informing about the development, state’s director general of police R P Upadhyaya tweeted, “Arunachal Police has traced 23 persons who went to Nizamuddin Markaz, out of which 1 has tested positive for COVID-19. We appeal to other persons with travel history to Nizamuddin Markaz in 2020 to voluntarily report to nearest police station/DC office/ hospital for COVID screening.”

A total of 162 samples have been collected so far from the state for testing out of which 146 have come out negative and one positive.

The results of the 15 samples are awaited.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: