Kohima: Going beyond the call of duty in maintaining law and order in the city amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, the Kohima police department went to door-to-door to deliver relief goods to stranded labourers and students, which are being provided by the Kohima district administration.
The cops have so far aided 62 stranded labourers and students within the city, most of whom were from the eastern region of Nagaland.
The Kohima district administration has been distributing relief materials since March 31, to help all those who are affected due to the lockdown, further reaching out to daily wage earners, stranded travelers and students.
As on Thursday, relief materials were distributed to over 30,000 people under the Kohima municipal area alone. Trucks laden with essential commodities, particularly rice, were also distributed to the sub-divisions and villages under the district.
While many organisations have been assisting the administration in distributing relief goods on a daily basis, the extra effort made by the police in reaching the homes of the needy, despite their 24×7 call of duty, is winning hearts.
When contacted, North Kohima sub-divisional police officer Yambemo Humtsoe told EastMojo that the cops made home deliveries of relief materials to stranded workers and students after the police encountered a local man wandering around the streets of Kohima looking food on April 4. This particular incident was also highlighted by the Nagaland police on their social media handles.
Humtsoe said that on interrogation, it was found that the man had temporarily come to Kohima to work as a mason and had been stranded due to the lockdown as he was left without a job. The officers on duty then contacted the office of the deputy commissioner to provide relief goods to the man. Further, relief materials were also provided to his brother and his friends all of whom were in need of food.
“That particular incident inspired us and ever since we have been listing out such people from various localities who are stranded and unaware of the relief materials being provided by the administration and helping them in a little way,” the officer said. He added that the cops identified such stranded persons who were not availing the materials and further reached out to their homes as most people who were afraid to step out of their homes due to the lockdown.
The men in khaki showed their human side as they delivered relief materials door-to-door and helped such stranded persons who are in need of help. With the availability of workforce, the cops have been distributing relief materials on need basis to those that not identified with the administration. The Nagaland Police also provided free drinking water supply to some areas in Kohima.
Recently, the Angami Youth Organization (AYO) and the Kohima village Youth Organization (KVYO), who have been volunteering their services towards the administration, paid respect by saluting to the police personnel on duty. Reacting to this, Humtsoe said: “I felt awkward but at the same I was moved. I felt really good to see that there are still a section of people out there who values our services”.
When queried about the challenges of working on the frontline to battle the deadly virus, Humtsoe revealed that it is challenging for the police on duty to deal with the various temperament of the people who comes out on the streets, although he appreciated locals who abide by the rules and regulations even when out to buy essential goods. He revealed that there are still many who do not understand the concept of social distancing.
Citing the example of persons who come to Kohima to buy essential goods from the nearby villages, he said that despite the police’s intervention in explaining the situation, the ignorance of such people about the rules and regulations laid by the government adds to the misery.
“Lockdown is new thing and so people are still unaware of it,” he said, further suggesting that there is a need to disseminate governmental orders at the grassroots/local level.
Humtsoe said that initially, physical punishment such as sit-ups were imposed on people violating the lockdown and people responded positively by abiding the rules but then gradually, punishments had to be lifted in order to let people cooperate voluntarily.
The police also sealed few local circular roads to restrict movements of vehicles unnecessarily. As frontline workers, he said that the police officers on field duty will also self-quarantine at the official messes, if any positive case is detected in the state.