ITANAGAR: Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) witnessed complete shutdown of business establishments and no public movement as well as vehicular movement were noticed during the first day of one week lockdown on Monday.
Despite lockdown, few government institutions including hospital, pharmacy and COVID vaccine centres remained open on the day as exempted by the order issued by the district administration.
Meanwhile, the district administration and the police department are making all efforts to minimize the movement of the public during the lockdown. So far, the police department has made temporary barricades in 29 areas of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Banderdewa and Nirjuli.
There is also strict vigilance in the three entry points in Hollongi, Banderdewa and Gumto area in the ICR, which adds the total check post with 32.
Speaking to the reporters, capital Superintendent of Police, Jimmy Chiram informed that 4 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed with more than 250 police personnel of Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) to ensure security during the week long ICR lockdown.
Chiram appealed to the public to stay indoors and only move out if they are exempted by the order, provided with an authentic identity card.
"There is some exemption, like, people visiting hospitals for vaccine, departments engaged in emergency services, sanitary workers etc. However, all the movements should be provided with valid identity cards issued by the respective institutions," he said, adding that the media is also exempted as they fall under frontline workers.
Chiram informed that the department has been provided with full support from the district administration, APP department. "However, the most important support we need is from the public by following the order issued in public interest to contain the surge in COVID-19," he added.
He said that the police department has been provided with sufficient numbers of police personnel. The police personnel from Women Police Station (WPS) have been deployed in the various checkpoints to ensure no public movement, he said. Earlier, Chiram also visited various checkpoints to ensure no public movement in the ICR.
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