Essential services disrupted by lack of transportation and suspected hoarding

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: March 26, 2020, 11:51:08 AM   

Agartala, March 26, 2020: On the second day of the countrywide 21 days lockdown and third day of lockdown curfew imposed by Tripura government to avoid and contain the spread of COVID-19(Novel Corona virus), the state police’s high handiness for resorting to lathi charge on people without any provocation has not reported on Thursday so far despite some stray incident in many parts of the state.

On Wednesday's large scale lathi change on innocent people by police forces without any rhyme and reason has created furore across the state, which marred the spirit of cooperation shown by people to the COVID-19 lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since Tuesday midnight.

While, the civil administration along with police on Thursday also continue their drive against hoarding across the markets of Agartala to maintain the services of essential commodities.

After resentment from different section of the society due to unprovoked lathi charge by police forces in different parts of the city on the first day of nationwide lockdown, on Thursday in-charge DGP, Rajiv Singh visited different parts of the city and monitor the situation and restrictions imposed under section-144 of CrPc to maintain lockdown.

The Food and Civil Supply Minister and subdivisional administration of Sadar along with other law enforcing agencies launched massive anti-hoarding drives across Agartala and on Tuesday they also arrested six hoarders and sealed several shops of grocery and vegetable items.

But, the situation on the second of the countrywide lockdown is total different and huge shortage of fish and vegetables have been reported from every markets of the city. Though, these markets have enough stock of potatoes and onions with other grocery items, in absence of proper transportation facilities, vegetables, which are coming from subdivisional areas of the state unable to reach in Agartala market.

Vegetable traders alleged that Lorries loaded with fresh vegetables from Assam and other parts of the state, were forced to stop their plying due to continuous harassment by police and other security forces in roads.

Issuing police harassment and unprovoked lathi charge on the persons involved with private ATM vehicle services has also stopped their functioning on Thursday in West Tripura district.  The private ATM  vehicle service provider, who were entrusted for loading of money in ATM, SIS Prosegur’s five persons including  one driver, two gun men and two custodian of the money were severally beaten at Ranirbazar by some armed police personnel, when they moving towards a ATM country for loading of currencies.

Protesting harassment on the essential services, about 200 workers of SIS Prosegur has suspended their services on Thursday demanding protection during lockdown days.

Meanwhile, repeated appeals from administration to stop hoarding of essential commodities, the prices of all essential grocery items including rice, pulses, salt, vegetables, sugar, edible oil, Kerosene oil etc on Thursday has also registered at steep hike because of rampant hoarding by unscrupulous merchants.

Police sources said that in view of the remours mongering, all the district cyber cells of the sate are activated now and district police wings can take the assistance of Cyber Crime unit of the state police for removal of such content, which are false and instigate remours mongering.

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