Assam-Nagaland border in Wokha
Indian Reserve Battalion personnel on duty along Assam-Nagaland border at Bhandari in Wokha district. Image credit - Northeast Now

The Nagaland government sealed the border with Assam under Bhandari sub-division in Wokha district with immediate effect after four persons tested positive for COVID19 at Merapani sector in Assam bordering Nagaland.

The Bhandari additional deputy commissioner, Tiameren Chang, through an order on Saturday said the Assam-Nagaland border stretch under Bhandari sub-division will remain totally sealed for entry or exit through any routes including footpaths, until further order.

Chang said punitive action will be taken against any person violating the order.

A directive has also been issued to the village councils in the inter-state border area villages to strictly monitor the movement of people and extend the fullest cooperation to the district administration and the police for effective implementation of the order.

While Nagaland has recorded not a single COVID19 positive case so far, Assam has recorded a total of 26 cases till date including the five cases from Merapani.

Nagaland home commissioner’s call for volunteer service

Nagaland home commissioner Abhijit Sinha on Sunday called for utilisation of the service of volunteers trained under the Aapda Mitra Scheme for the containment of COVID19.

Sinha suggested considering the utilisation of the service of the volunteers in view of the gravity and magnitude of the challenge emerging from COVID19 pandemic.

He said the volunteers would be responsible for providing services such as relief related works like providing medicines, food, clothing and other items to the disabled, elderly and needy persons and also generation of awareness among the people to adopt measures to contain the spread of COVID19.

Sinha added that the volunteers, if necessary, may be suitably trained to tackle the pandemic.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com