City shops shut; people sans mask punished

IMPHAL, 6th May: A couple of days after the state government allowed relaxation in the lockdown, shops in Imphal city areas were forced to shut down on Wednesday as the lockdown protocols were not being observed and capital city had become crowded like normal times.
Since early morning, the main commercial areas in Imphal city witnessed huge crowd, which has become a common scene in the market since the relaxation on the lockdown from May 4 onwards. Despite numerous appeals from the government, it was becoming impossible for the police to enforce social distancing norms. As a result, the government made the shops to close down and dispelled the crowds.
A team of Imphal West commandos led by OC P Achouba distributed masks to commuters, who came out for emergency or essential purposes without wearing masks.
Meanwhile, police detained 886 people along with 742 vehicles and collected Rs 1,01,200 as fines from them for violating the lockdown protocols in different parts of the state on Wednesday. In Kangpokpi town, district police led by Additional SP (Ops) Lalminlen Misao and ASI Hemminlun detained people coming out of their houses without wearing masks and made them to do 50 round of push up in an open area. Women violators were strictly warned against venturing out without wearing masks under any circumstances. All violators were also provided cotton face masks by the police team. The police launched the crackdown after continuous appeals for wearing masks in public places so as to save oneself and his/her dear and near ones from COVID-19 went unheeded with some people seen loitering around without wearing masks in the town. It may mentioned that Kangpokpi Youth Union and the local senior journalist Kaybie Chongloi had initiated 'Mask Kangpokpi' with an aim to educate the people about the importance of wearing mask in public places and distributed as many as more than 700 masks till now. Apart from many other like-minded individuals and well-wishers, Social Welfare and Cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen had also donated huge quantity of masks manufactured by Renu Handloom and Handicraft Co-operative Society Limited.
Kangpokpi district police also helped in promoting the 'Mask Kangpokpi' campaign in all possible ways. In another development, Kangpokpi Youth Union decided to distribute more masks within few days and take stringent action against any violators.

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