GUWAHATI, March 28 - Incidents of violence were reported from some places in the State on the fourth day of the countrywide lockdown enforced in the wake of the coronavirus scare. Police fired several rounds of bullets in the air to disperse a mob at Bhawlaguri-Boudibazar under Bongaigaon Police Station this morning. The mob pelted stones at the police when they tried to close down a market. Seven people were arrested later.
In another incident at Sonabarighat area of Cachar district, a jawan of the Assam Industrial Security Force died in an tiff with a mob.
Miscreants also attacked a police patrolling team at Falimari area under Chapar Police Station, seriously injuring two personnel on Friday evening.
More than 150 lockdown violators were arrested by police at different locations of the State, and hundreds of vehicles seized.
Meanwhile, at the daily meeting of State Level Task Force to review the status and action for management of COVID-19, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna directed the Deputy Commissioners of the State to issue gratuitous relief materials for seven days to the daily wage earners, like rickshaw pullers, labourers, etc., living or stranded in the urban areas as per the norms of Assam Relief Manuals.
The Chief Secretary also directed that the production units of bread, biscuits, packaged water, rice mill, flat rice (chirra) mill, flour mills will continue production with minimum staff maintaining social distance.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh will close down for general patients, barring cardiology, burn, maternity and emergency, from March 29 and the facility will be kept aside for covid cases. MoUs were signed today with 27 nursing homes of Dibrugarh which will take the general patient burden of the AMCH.
Sarma also inspected the site in Dibrugarh where a new pre-fabricated 300-bed hospital will be constructed.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal toured Golaghat and Diphu to review the preparedness of the districts.