A screen grab of a video in which Dimapur Police can be seen clapping and singing to cheer locals amid lockdown on Wednesday evening Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: Spreading hope and joy, Dimapur Police took to the streets to cheer up the locals while staying at home amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Ahead of the nationwide lockdown, the Nagaland government had declared a lockdown in the state by midnight of March 22 in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

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Locals in Dimapur were greeted with the song, We shall overcome, on Wednesday evening when the police officers in Dimapur stopped by the streets to sing and thank them for self-isolating in their homes amid the lockdown. In a video shared by the Dimapur police PRO, the police can be heard thanking the locals for cooperating with the police and staying home.

Ahead of singing the song, a police officer is heard saying “Children and parents, let us all unite and sing this song together. Stay in your own respective homes and join us with the song.”

The police then clapped and sang the song as locals joined them from their balconies and terraces.

Along with a pre-recorded audio of the song, the police sang the song of hope which says: “O deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall overcome someday”. The Dimapur Police PRO and additional deputy commissioner of police Relo Aye told EastMojo that the initiative which began on Wednesday will continue further.

Meanwhile, another police in the video can be heard saying, “We thank you all for the cooperation towards the police.”

Urging the locals to stay indoors, the officer appealed all to maintain social distancing and stay at home, thereby cooperating with the police. Expressing gratitude, the men in khaki thanked locals for abiding by the law, further urging them to cooperate with the police even in the days to come.

In few viral videos that circulated on social media, people can be seen singing along with the police. As the police departed from the streets, locals were seen clapping and cheering for them. Despite the hectic duty in maintaining law and order, this extra effort made by the police continues to win the hearts of people.

Although few violators of the lockdown have already been booked, no law-and-order problem has been created in the state so far.

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