Kohima: Two persons from Wokha in Nagaland were arrested by Assam police on charges of cow theft at Barpathar in Golaghat district of the neighbouring state.

The arrests were made after the two accused were caught red-handed by the locals on Monday. The duo have been identified as Alex Yanthan and Yiponthung.

Speaking with EastMojo, border magistrate of Merapani Sulanthung said that the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) was sent to transfer the case to Nagaland. However, as the arrested persons are in the judicial custody of the Assam police in Golaghat, the prosecution will take place in the neighbouring state.

He informed that the two arrested persons are habitual offenders. The incident reportedly took place during the early morning hours. He added that such cases, on both sides of the border, are not unusual.

With lockdown restrictions in both Nagaland and Assam, he said that the arrested persons have violated the lockdown rules as movement of vehicles and public are prohibited, expect for essential and emergency services.

While such movements of people could be a possible threat for people as cases in both the states are witnessing a spike, he said that at present, the lockdown rules are strictly observed with limited movement of people and vehicles in the area.

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He informed that during a random test conducted among shopkeepers on Wednesday, samples of all 59 persons who were tested resulted as negative.

He added that police personnel and administrative staffs were all tested prior to the random test. The next random sampling will be done among drivers of both essential goods vehicles and those permitted for plying.

While there are no active cases on the Nagaland side of Merapani, he said that there are nurses along with doctors to respond to emergency situations. He informed that through the block task force, the community health centre (CHC) there received oxygen cylinders.

A 5-bed Covid care centre (CCC) with oxygen facilities has been set up. He added that it will soon receive an oxygen concentrator.

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