TINSUKIA: Though weekly roadside bazaars were closed following Assam State Disaster Management Authority's (ASDMA) order of May 12, Tinsukia on Sunday witnessed an unprecedented crowd in main market areas as the people came out in large numbers after confusion cropped up over the timing and date of curfew mandates.
While hours after Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a press meet at Tinsukia on Saturday, announced that he had 'proposed' to Tinsukia district authority to examine the feasibility of extending curfew hours after discussion with various stakeholders on Monday, the ASDMA issued order proclaiming curfew hours from 12 noon to 5 am and asking all shops and commercial establishments to shutdown at 11 am State-wide that came into force with effect from 5 am of May 16. This created utter confusion and panic among common masses. On Sunday, both police and officials of district administration had a harrowing time to control the crowd and vehicles, let alone check COVID protocol and odd-even restrictions, even as number of fatalities are increasing day by day. Tinsukia district during the past 72 hours recorded 15 deaths, including Chandrika Singh of Tinkunia on Sunday. The district also recorded 570 positive cases and 1,164 active cases in the last three days.