JORHAT, March 27 - The Majuli district administration in a prompt action on Thursday lodged two youths in a quarantine centre for violating the home isolation directive.
The administration of the Brahmaputra island also lodged an FIR against the duo at the police station under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Majuli Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi told The Assam Tribune that the two youths who arrived on the island like many others a few days ago were directed to be under home isolation as per the guidelines of the government against a the outbreak of COVID-19.
�As the duo were found to be violating home isolation direction, they were admitted to the quarantine centre set up at Kamalabari Block Primary Hospital and will be there under close watch of medical staff till completion of the stipulated 14-day incubation period,� the Deputy Commissioner said.
Kairi said no symptoms of the virus were found on the duo, and added that necessary legal action (lodging of an FIR) has been initiated against them. He said the administration will be taking stern action against any person found violating home isolation or imposition of lockdown.
Our Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: Police picked up three youths who violated home quarantine and were found loitering in the Jaraguri Part 2 market under Manikpur Police Station in Bongaigaon district. The youths are residents of Jogighopa area.
A case was registered against them under IPC sections 269 (negligent act), 270 (malignant act), 271 (disobedience of quarantine rule). They were later handed over to their parents. Their guardians were told to keep them in 14-day home quarantine. A second violation of the instruction will attract legal action, Bongaigaon Additional Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kakoti said.
Meanwhile, police also initiated action against Pradeep Bidi Factory at Langtisinga and two brick industries � Nayna and Rose � in Jogighopa area for violating laws related to precautions against COVID-19. As part of preventive measures, fire and emergency services personnel sprayed disinfectants in Bongaigaon town and Abhayapuri.
The Lower Assam Hospital and Research Centre, a private hospital, has launched a round the clock ambulance service for suspected cases of COVID-19 and arranged 50 beds in an isolation ward, said Dr Itesh Bordoloi of the hospital.
A Correspondent adds from Nagaon: Amidst the lockdown in Nagaon district, a section of wholesale vegetable traders secretly opened their outlets at Nagaon Gahori Bazaar and started selling vegetables for a couple of hours on Thursday. On being informed, Nagaon police rushed to the spot and shut down the outlets immediately.
Some people of greater Juria area also went out and assembled at Juria daily market. When the police personnel on duty tried to send them back, some of them argued, following which police had to use batons on some of them.
In some locations in Nagaon town as well as on its outskirts, police and paramilitary forces had to launch a baton charge to send people back to their homes when they tried to transgress the lockdown. Notably, some pharmaceutical outlets at Nagaon Mission Market remained closed for mysterious reasons, due to which patients faced a lot of trouble.