Assam police to file a case for not wearing a mask at public places, government offices to begin functioning from April 21:

Guwahati, April 20: Assam police to file a case for not wearing Masks at public places and to take stern action for not maintaining social distancing norms given the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Addressing a press conference held in Guwahati, Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Monday said that, Assam police will not compromise with the enforcement of national lockdown guidelines.

“Assam police to file a case for not wearing Masks at public places. Besides the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, we will register the case under section 269 and 270 of IPC. Police will arrest the lockdown violators under various sections of IPC. I have already directed all district police to take stern action against the lockdown violator. We will also take stern action against those who will not maintain social distancing norms and spitting at public places,” Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said.

Assam police have arrested 1861 persons who violated lockdown rules and seized 15370 vehicles across the state so far.

Assam police have so far arrested 46 persons including an Assam legislator, security personnel across the state who spread fake information about Coronavirus on social media.

On the other hand, Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said that, all the government offices including the Assam secretariat will begin functioning from April 21 by following the directives of the government.

“All officials from the post of deputy secretary and above are to attend mandatorily in Assam secretariat and for directorates, the assistant director and above officials are to attend and assistant commissioner and above are to attend for other corporations. Only 33 percent of employees of third and fourth grade will be allowed to attend, for which the higher officials will make roosters,” Kumar Sanjay Krishna said.

He further said that, all government offices and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) will have to provide vehicles for the employees during the lockdown period.

The Assam Chief Secretary also said that, some relaxations have been made in different sectors following the directives of the government.