JORHAT, March 28 - Jorhat police on Saturday morning picked up 65 people found selling and buying vegetables and fruits at a market area here. The persons were booked under different sections of the IPC and other relevant Acts for violating the lockdown.
Jorhat Police Station officer-in-charge Ananta Das said that police after coming to know that the vegetable and fruit market had opened at Bagmibar Nilomani Phukan Road (formerly New Ville Road), leading to a rush of people, immediately reached the place and closed all shops.
Das said 65 persons, including both shopkeepers and customers, were brought to the police station and cases registered against them for not complying with the lockdown. He said police will take stern action against any person found to be violating the lockdown.
Pillion riding ban: Meanwhile, Jorhat District Magistrate Roshni A Korati by an order passed under Section 144 CrPC on Friday has prohibited pillion riding on two-wheelers in the entire district with immediate effect.
The order stated the ban was imposed in view of the threat of an outbreak of COVID-19, but certain categories of people have been exempted � including patients, physically disabled, medically certified persons, magistrates, policemen, on-duty army, IAF, CRPF and other security personnel and law enforcing staff and officials on duty.
The order said that the exempted people should take all precautionary measures as per protocol to prevent spread of COVID-19. Any violation of the ban would be punishable under Section 188 of the IPC, the order mentioned.