Lockdown: Retracted official order creates chaos on Day-1

Morung Express News
Dimapur | March 25

Continuous unconfirmed social media postings of a retracted official order caused disarray among citizens of Dimapur on Wednesday as rumours that essential commodities in the city had run out began to spread.

Earlier on Tuesday, Dimapur Deputy Commissioner had issued an order to media houses directing all shops dealing with essential commodities and pharmacies to open only from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm starting March 25. The DC however retracted the order from media houses late on Tuesday night.

Unaware of the developments, social media users who had seen the order rushed to buy essential commodities before the shops closed. This led to rumours that essential commodities in the city had run out.

Responding to the incident, Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) President Akashe Zhimo assured that the city had enough dry rations to last at least three months and urged the public not to panic. 

Meanwhile, Wednesday marked the first day of the 21-day lockdown called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Security personnel on patrol duty in Dimapur were seen forcing pedestrians off the streets. However, soon after the patrol party passed by, pedestrians trickled on the streets again taking leisurely walks. 

Most of the colonies and villages in and around Dimapur city had volunteers patrolling its respective entry and exit points, restricting vehicular and human movement except for essential and emergency needs. Some of the localities and villages include, Ragailong, Namgalong, Mustimuk, Sematilla, Signal Angami-Lhomithi, Thahekhu, Notun Bosti-IV-LRC, IV-LRC etc. 
Volunteers at all the colonies and villages which The Morung Express visited said they would keep vigil round the clock with the objective to prevent the spread or entry of COVID-19 within their respective jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur informed that the order for shops selling essential commodities to operate from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm would come into effect immediately. 

However, pharmacies and medical shops have been directed to remain open during normal business hours. The order has been enforced to maintain more effective monitoring system, the DC stated.