Police on Saturday morning resorted to blank firing in order to disperse an unruly crowd amid lockdown in Assam’s New Bongaigaon area.
According to reports, the Bongaigaon Police, while ensuring that no one ventures out in the open in groups, had to open fire in the air to quell the crowd at Bhawlaguri market near New Bongaigaon Railway Junction.
Saturday morning also witnessed people coming out in huge numbers to purchase essential items.
They were seen defying the rules of gathering in groups with no social distance.
Some teenagers also reportedly had pelting stones at the police team.
In retaliation, the Bongaigaon Police fired in the air to disperse the crowd.
The nationwide lockdown of 21 days following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It will end on the midnight of April 14.
Till then, the authorities have strictly asked the people to limit themselves to their homes.
However, a few of them were seen violating the lockdown rules set by the Government.