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Police to strictly enforce wearing of masks

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 - Amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases in the State, the Assam Police is contemplating strong legal action against those who are endangering the lives of others by not wearing masks in public places. Steps have also been initiated to launch health check up of the police personnel to ensure that they do not have any co-morbidities.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Director General of Assam Police, BJ Mahanta admitted that though the police personnel have been imposing fines on the persons who are not wearing masks in public places, thereby endangering the lives of fellow human beings, there is need for stronger action to force people to take precautions.

Mahanta said that to deal with the problem, the feasibility of taking strong legal action against the violators of COVID protocols are being examined and �we have already discussed the issue with the Chief Minister.� He said that legal opinion is also being sought in this regard.

The DGP said though the burden on the police personnel increased considerably due to the outbreak of the disease, the moral of the police force is still very high.

He said that more than 4,000 Assam Police personnel were affected by the disease and around 430 are still undergoing treatment, while, 16 police personnel lost their lives. It may be mentioned here that Mahanta himself was affected by the disease and he rejoined his duties after successfully overcoming the disease.

Mahanta said, �we do not want to lose any more of our men. That is why, strict instructions have been issued to the district Superintendents of Police and Commandants of the battalions to ensure regular health check up of the police personnel over 45 years of age to find out whether they have any underlying co-morbidities. There have been instances where we found that police personnel were suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure but they were not aware of it because they never did any health check up and if such persons are affected by COVID-19, their condition gets worse. Regular health check up can save lives of policemen and we are trying to do exactly that.� He also said that police personnel over 50 years of age have been exempted from frontline duties as far as possible.

The DGP admitted that the responsibilities of police personnel increased considerably as they have to work as COVID warriors apart from their regular duties. Despite the fact that the police personnel are busy in imposing the COVID protocols, the regular crime rate has not increased and police personnel managed to launch a number of successful operations against drugs, crime against women etc. �I am thankful to all the members of the police force for not allowing their morale to go down despite the pressure of work,� he added.

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Police to strictly enforce wearing of masks

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 - Amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases in the State, the Assam Police is contemplating strong legal action against those who are endangering the lives of others by not wearing masks in public places. Steps have also been initiated to launch health check up of the police personnel to ensure that they do not have any co-morbidities.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Director General of Assam Police, BJ Mahanta admitted that though the police personnel have been imposing fines on the persons who are not wearing masks in public places, thereby endangering the lives of fellow human beings, there is need for stronger action to force people to take precautions.

Mahanta said that to deal with the problem, the feasibility of taking strong legal action against the violators of COVID protocols are being examined and �we have already discussed the issue with the Chief Minister.� He said that legal opinion is also being sought in this regard.

The DGP said though the burden on the police personnel increased considerably due to the outbreak of the disease, the moral of the police force is still very high.

He said that more than 4,000 Assam Police personnel were affected by the disease and around 430 are still undergoing treatment, while, 16 police personnel lost their lives. It may be mentioned here that Mahanta himself was affected by the disease and he rejoined his duties after successfully overcoming the disease.

Mahanta said, �we do not want to lose any more of our men. That is why, strict instructions have been issued to the district Superintendents of Police and Commandants of the battalions to ensure regular health check up of the police personnel over 45 years of age to find out whether they have any underlying co-morbidities. There have been instances where we found that police personnel were suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure but they were not aware of it because they never did any health check up and if such persons are affected by COVID-19, their condition gets worse. Regular health check up can save lives of policemen and we are trying to do exactly that.� He also said that police personnel over 50 years of age have been exempted from frontline duties as far as possible.

The DGP admitted that the responsibilities of police personnel increased considerably as they have to work as COVID warriors apart from their regular duties. Despite the fact that the police personnel are busy in imposing the COVID protocols, the regular crime rate has not increased and police personnel managed to launch a number of successful operations against drugs, crime against women etc. �I am thankful to all the members of the police force for not allowing their morale to go down despite the pressure of work,� he added.

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