Wokha-Assam border sealed; total shutdown of Bhandari
Dimapur, April 2 (EMN): The deputy commissioner (DC) of Wokha, Orenthung Lotha, has ordered the closure of all interstate entry points the district shares with Assam with immediate effect, with exceptions for the movement of security forces and emergency medical services.
According to the DC, supply of all essential commodities shall be routed through Dimapur district.
The order comes in the wake of detection of positive cases of Covid-19 in the state of Assam especially at Bheluguri village bordering the Merapani areas in Wokha district, the DC stated.
Any person/group of persons acting in violation of the order shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
The DC has requested for additional deployment of police personnel ‘urgently to curb the inflow/movements of vehicles and immigrants from Assam into the neighbouring villages of Wokha district and also to effectively implement the order’.
The DC also pointed out that the entire stretch of Assam-Nagaland border in Wokha district is very porous and with only one police check post at Bhandari town. He therefore requested that additional Police check post at Ralan sector and Changpang sector be established at the earliest.
In a separate order, the additional deputy commissioner of Bhandari, Tiameren Chang, has imposed a total ban on movement of vehicles, including those carrying essential commodities, in Bhandari subdivision until further orders.
Movement of public has been completely restricted, except for emergencies.
“This total ban has been necessitated by the emergent situation of Covid-19 positive cases reported from neighbouring Assam villages under Merapani, Golaghat,” the order rea