Tinsukia: The district administration of Tinsukia in Assam on Friday imposed Section 144 in the entire district to keep people away from gathering in large numbers amid ongoing coronavirus concerns.
The directives come on a day when the positive cases of coronavirus surged to over 220 — including 5 deaths — in the entire country (the figure on Saturday crossed over 280). However, no confirmed cases of coronavirus has been detected in Assam.
In the order, the additional district magistrate Monjit Borkakoti said, “The situation arriving out of COVID-19 novel coronavirus disease in the whole world and as per the guidelines issued by Health and Family Welfare department, government of Assam, to avoid spread of the Coronavirus, I, in exercise of the powers conferred upon me u/s 144 CrPC do hereby promulgate prohibitory orders.”
According to the order, assembling of five or more persons has been banned. “Holding of meeting, gatherings, fairs, rallies, processions, etc, in any public and private place is strictly prohibited,” he added.
The district administration has also ordered closure of all food stalls, temporary fast food stalls and other food items including temporary meat stalls and fish shops, etc, along the roadside and in and around roads, streets and lanes throughout the district.
The prohibitory orders come days after several precautionary measures had been announced by the state government including shutdown of schools, colleges, universities, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, coaching centres, pubs, bars, night clubs, saloons among others.
The state government has also made it mandatory to screen passengers at railway stations and airports. “All incoming passengers coming to Assam from other states or countries by air, railway and road will be stamped,” a source added.