Amidst COVID-19 lockdown being enforced in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, additional district magistrate (ADM) of Ruksin, Kabit Apang by an order promulgated 48-hour curfew under section 144 CrPC.
This has come into effect in entire Ruksin sub-division bordering Assam since 5:00 am on Saturday.
The curfew has banned movement of person and any kind of vehicular traffic during on the National Highway 15 passing along Assam-Arunachal boundary.
However, medical emergency and other essential service duties are exempted from the purview of the curfew, but is is said that they will move on with prior permission of Ruksin police.
The ADM in the order noted that there is imminent threat and danger of spreading coronavirus in Ruksin area bordering to Assam.
The curfew order also warned the people that any violator shall be prosecuted under IPC section.
“It appears to me beyond reasonable doubt that it is necessary to prevent such danger for the health and safety of the citizens of the sub-division at this crucial time,” the curfew order read.
Stating the reason behind the curfew order, ADM Apang said the people of both neihbouring states defy lockdown rules and accustomed and move here and there at boundary area in pretext of purchasing food items and medicine.
Terming the area ‘highly vulnerable’ to transmission of contagious disease like coronavirus, it is necessary to take such step to make the lockdown fruitful, he said.
The ADM also requested Dhemaji district administration of Assam to maintain proper coordination for making the curfew fruitful.
Ruksin is located at Pasighat-West area in East Siang district of Arunachal bordering to Dhemaji.
It is the second gateway of the state, as Ruksin Gate is the entry points of many central districts of Arunachal Pradesh.