Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, March 23: Throwing caution to the wind and caring two hoots for the Lockdown directive of the government, the crowds poured out onto the city streets making it all look like any other normal day. Shops catering to all essentials and otherwise did brisk business and food grain shops, vegetable and fruit stalls functioned – legitimately as announced by the government. But what about the eateries and beetle shops selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other non-essentials?
The district administration got in the act and brought back a semblance of public responsibility. Once the police pulled up their socks, people were herded back home, some unwillingly. Shops were forced to close down.
In view of the threat of Coronavirus looming large over the international horizon, the SDO has imposed Sec 144 in the entire township. The Mango Municipal Corporation and Jugsalai Municipality are making announcement through loudspeakers in their respective command areas asking residents to avoid congregations of more than five people and to venture out of their houses only to get essential items. Essential items like medicines, food grains, milk, vegetables and fruits stalls will remain open.
On receiving news of shops being open in Mango areas, the MMC Special Officer Dipak Sahay and the OCs of Mango and Azadnagar police stations went round the market places and sternly ordered shopkeepers to shut their shops. The shopkeepers were warned and told to understand the meaning of Lockdown. After midday, with the administrative forces coming into action, the crowds began to disperse but not before some incidents of verbal spats in some places.