Representational image of lockdown
Representational image of lockdown

Dimapur district magistrate and commissioner of police Rothihu Tetseo relaxed the prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC in the district for 5 hours with effect from Monday.

The restriction to be relaxed from 9 am to 2 pm for the public to buy essential items within their respective colonies/villages, Tetseo said in an order.

The order, however, said the movement of the general public would be restricted in Dimapur main town area and the highway stretch within the district.

Movement of police, army, paramilitary forces, home guard and civil defence, judicial magistrates, district administration, doctors, medical staff, pharmacists, ambulance and private vehicles carrying patients, media, Dimapur Municipal Council, treasury and banks have been exempted.

Besides, power, public health engineering, Indian Oil Corporation, Food Corporation of India, food and civil supplies department, airport and railway staff, telecom and private internet service providers and vehicles transporting essential commodities have also been exempted from the prohibitory order.

Violation of the order would tantamount to punitive punishment under Section 188 of the IPC, the district magistrate said in the order.

In another order, Dimapur deputy commissioner Anoop Khinchi directed opening of only those shops and business establishments such as pharmacies, petrol pumps, media house, essential commodities and vegetable shops from 9 am to 2 pm on Monday.

However, Khinchi, in an order, said the wholesale markets would remain open from 3 am to 8 am.

The order said the vegetable vendors would be allowed to sell vegetables in the colonies/villages only and not in the main market.

He said New Market would remain closed completely and asked the people to buy essential items from their respective colony/village shops.

Khinchi reminded that movement of all public is restricted except those coming out to avail essential services.

Meanwhile, Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft IL-76 MD ferried the second consignment of medical supplies related to COVID19 for Nagaland health and family welfare department and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.

The consignment of 5 tons arrived at Dimapur Airport on Saturday and will be transported to Kohima for further distribution to other districts, an official release said.

The Nagaland government thanked the IAF for the help rendered to the state in the fight against COVID19.

IAF C130 J Super Hercules aircraft flew the first batch of critical medical supplies to the state on March 30.

Bhadra Gogoi

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