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People stay indoors in Nagaland on first day of lockdown

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

Streets in the Nagaland capital were empty on Wednesday on the first day of the nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Barring those buying essential commodities, people remained indoors and vehicles were off the roads.

Police personnel along with 'Dobashis' (translators) have been deployed in strategic locations in the districts to restrict movement of people, except those who are outdoors for purchasing essential items and medicines.

Private vehicles were halted at many places and allowed to go only after verifying the purpose of their movement.

In the state capital, volunteers of Angami Youth Organisation were also manning important points to prevent people from stepping outside their homes.

Many village councils have issued strict orders restricting the entry of people into the villages, and restraining the locals from leaving the area, without the permission of the authorities concerned.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has welcomed the decision of the prime minister to announce a lockdown for 21 day across the country.

"This decisive action against COVID-19 will break the cycle of infection... Nagaland will Stay Home and Stay Safe," Rio tweeted.

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First Published: Wed, March 25 2020. 15:32 IST