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Misbehaviour towards medical staff will be firmly dealt with: DGP

By Correspondent

TEZPUR, April 5 - State DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta addressing the media here on Saturday said that cases of anti-nationalism will be registered under the Disaster Management Act against those quarantined patients who intentionally misbehave with doctors, nurses and other medical staff and police at this crucial juncture in the fight against COVID-19.

�Such cases are equivalent to attempt to murder, so they will also be booked under different relevant IPC sections,� the DGP said adding that the police administration is seeing to it that no one creates any obstacle in the movement of goods-carrying vehicles, so that the supply of essential goods like food & civil supplies, and medical equipment are not hampered.

He mentioned that under the IT act and the disaster management Act a number of people have been arrested for trying to create social chaos, hampering communal fabric by posting hate messages on social media.

�Already a track cell has been formed with ADGP Deepak Kumar to trace the COVID-19 positive cases bringing them to quarantine.�

He mentioned that during the lockdown, a total of 723 incidents have taken place, 1118 people have been arrested, 418 cases registered and 3569 three-wheelers, 23 two-wheelers, 328 four- wheelers, five trucks, one trailer and 12 country boats have been seized and 9 cases registered under the IT law. He also mentioned that the inter-State borders have been sealed.

The DGP also urged the people linked with the Tablighi Zamat congregation who are still hiding to surrender immediately or else the police will take stern action against them.

Meanwhile, giving the latest update of COVID-19 till date in Sonitpur district, the Deputy Commissioner office�s sources stated that a total of 4382 people are in home quarantine and 38 are in government quarantine facilities.

�A total number of 66 people have been tested for COVID-19 so far and all have tested negative,� the sources said adding that the anganwadi centres will distribute take-home ration twice a month which is under way.

Sources also stated that sanitisation of rural areas is being being carried out extensively by the Department of PHE and Fire & Emergency Services under the District Disaster Management Authority and for monitoring purposes, 13 magistrate-level task forces have been formed, who are regularly visiting various places of the district covering tea gardens, tea garden hospitals, home quarantined people enforcing the lockdown.

�The Food and Civil Supplies department will finish distribution of all ration for April, May and June by April 8. Distribution of additional 5 kg rice to all AAY and Priority Households will go on till April 15.

A training for all doctors of district hospitals to deal with COVID-19 patients was carried out on Saturday, wherein Deputy Commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh addressed the Professors, doctors and medical staff of Tezpur Medical College and Hospital and reviewed the current situation.

On the other hand, an orientation training of all 108 ambulance services and Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) was also carried out and a total of three ambulances have been designated for transportation of suspected cases.

Meanwhile, in the evening, the Deputy Commissioner also addressed a gathering of leaders of various religious institutions and apprised them about the measures to be taken in view of the prevailing situation.

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