Guwahati: The Assam Police, currently tasked with enforcing the strict compliance of a lockdown in Kamrup (Metro) district of Assam have now come up with another method to keep those pesky lockdown violators at by: with helpline numbers.
The Assam Police has now set up some helpline numbers, on which one may inform the police if they see anybody violating the lockdown norms. The numbers are as follows:
Additionally, responsible citizens may also report these violations on the official twitter handles of the Assam, Police, Guwahati Police, or Guwahati Traffic Police.
Citizens are requested to report #Lockdown violations on these Whatsapp Helpline Numbers:— Assam Police (@assampolice) July 2, 2020
You can also tweet to@assampolice,@GuwahatiPol & @GhtyTrafficPol to report violations.@gpsinghassam @HardiSpeaks#GuwahatiFightsCorona
Yesterday, Assam Police detained as many as 58 vehicles for not complying with the lockdown rules. At the same time, 5 people were arrested for violating the lockdown and 2 cases were registered; Rs.11,500 was charged as fine for the non-wearing of masks.
This development has come at a time when the city of Guwahati has come under total lockdown owing to the sharp uptick in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Yesterday alone, as many as 382 COVID-19 cases were detected within the city premises.
Meanwhile, taking stock of the situation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the city must conduct as many as 10,000 tests on a daily basis, to initiate efforts to flatten the COVID curve. Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that a new method of testing -- christened as the COVID-19 AG test -- will be brought into action. With the usage of this new technology, the state department shall be able to declare the COVID-19 test result within a single hour.
However, this step from the Assam Police might seem mild in comparison to what police departments in other parts of the country have done. The police from Vijayapura, Karnataka, for instance, who found that their usual methods and actions have failed to restrain lockdown order violators from unnecessarily roaming around started stamping the foreheads of the violators to shame them publicly.