JORABAT, April 15 - With an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in adjacent Meghalaya, Assam Police on Wednesday put in place intensified vigil in border areas for people entering Assam by road.
As part of the move, collaborative teams comprising personnel of Assam Police including its traffic wing and also CRPF, have begun checking vehicles coming to Assam from Meghalaya at Jorabat, a junction in the border area that Assam shares with the hill state.
The spot (entry point) has been barricaded and a temporary boom-barrier has also been installed to check unwanted movement of people and vehicles from the neighbouring state, barring vehicles on �essential services� duty. Interestingly, no screening devices were seen with the on-duty police personnel to record the temperature of the people travelling to Assam.
It may be mentioned that the drastic measures on the part of Assam Police came up soon after Meghalaya recorded its first death due to COVID-19. Six more people have tested positive in that state and all of them are related to the 69-year-old doctor who passed away.
Interestingly, as opposed to the precautionary measures in place at Jorabat (Assam part) without screening devices and paramedical staff, the check-post near Byrnihat in Meghalaya which the police there have created to check vehicular movement into the hill state from Assam, has a strong team of paramedical staff. The paramedical staff are able to record temperatures of people with the help of advanced screening devices.