Assam DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta at Mangaldai on April 4, 2020. Image: Northeast Now

Assam director general of police (DGP) Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta on Saturday said the state police force is applying new technology for tracing contacts of the COVID-19 positive persons of the State.

He said this while interacting with media during his visit to the police reserve at Mangaldai of Darrang district.

Mahanta also said a special team under the supervision of ADGP (STF) is already working on it liasoning with the Health department.

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The DGP held an interactive session with the rank and file of Darrang and Udalguri police at Mangaldai on Saturday.

In response to the questions from media regarding role of the State in this critical stage of sudden spread of novel coronavirus especially linked to Nizamuddin Markaz issue, DGP Mahanta said, “We are taking up the matter very seriously and trying to trace out the people coming to Assam from outside like in Nalbari.”

“Many other people coming either from Nizamuddin or other places outside the State for spreading religious messages have come to our notice in Bongaigaon and also in few other districts,” he added.

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“They are also cooperating us and they have been quarantined,” he also said.

The DGP also warned the rumour mongers in social media of stern action.

“Some anti-social elements have been misusing the social media over religion, community or some individual,”he lamented.

“Assam Police will not tolerate such practices in this hour of crisis,” he added.

“These people will be traced down and will be dealt very strongly,” DGP Mahanta asserted.

He also warned people against violation of rules during lockdown period.

“People must abide by the lockdown rules be it going to namaz or naamghar or performing last rites,” he said.

“Anyone who will provoke police by breaking the rules must face the music,” he reiterated.

Earlier the DGP had direct interactions with grassroots level officers and select staff of Darrang and Udalguri district and wanted to know their experiences in handling the present situation after outbreak of deadly coronavirus in the State.

Darrang Superintendent of Police Amrit Bhuyan also spoke on the occasion and thanked DGP for his moral boosting visit for the district police force.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com