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Sunday’s Coronavirus lock-down ‘Janata Curfew’ in Nagaland evokes serene countryside vibes

By Eastern Mirror Updated: Mar 22, 2020 2:12 pm

Nagaland’s central urban areas especially Dimapur city on Sunday wore a deserted but an oddly satisfying, serene look evoking the solitude of countrysides as the ‘Janata Curfew’ (roughly Hindi for ‘people’s curfew’) came into effect for a day on March 22, Sunday as an effort to check the spread of the coronavirus.

The lock-down is part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to promote social distancing to check the spread of the flu-like infection COVID-19 in the country.

The voluntary ‘curfew’ was proposed to be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m across India to curb the spread of the COVID-19 which has reportedly infected about 341 persons and caused about six deaths in the country at the time of this story being filed.

Eastern Mirror brings to you some of the first photographs of the scene on Sunday during the Janata Curfew in Dimapur as transport and businesses besides citizens stayed home.

Empty street Anguvi
The busy traffic police point opposite to the Zeliangrong village gate in Dimapur, seen here in a quiet mood on Sunday during the Janata Curfew, aimed at curbing the COVID-19 from spreading.
City tower Anguvi
The Clock Tower in Dimapur is one of the busiest urban traffic nerve centers of the city. On March 22 though, the area wore a serene, almost small-town look, during the Janata Curfew.
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A boy rides his bicycle along an open Dimapur-Kohima highway on March 22, in Dimapur. The weather on Sunday in Dimapur was calm and slightly overcast accentuating the mood of the lock-down which saw empty roads and quiet neighborhoods as people stayed home.
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A few vehicles were seen on the road during the Janata Curfew. Even the currently under-construction Dimapur-Kohima National Highway, perhaps the busiest road in Nagaland, was almost empty except for a few cars.
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A commercial plane flies across an empty Dimapur-Kohima highway as it lands at the Dimapur airport on Sunday, March 22 in Dimapur.
Another view of an empty Dimapur-Kohima highway during the Janata Curfew on Sunday, March 22, in Dimapur.
By Eastern Mirror Updated: Mar 22, 2020 2:12:59 pm
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