4-Day Lockdown 1To Be More Stricter Than Earlier Ones, Warns Twin City CP

Bhubaneswar: Twin City Commissioner of Police Sudhansu Sarangi today warned that the 14-day lockdown which will come into force from 9 PM today till the midnight of July 31 in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be more strict than the earlier ones since there has been an increase in the number of infections and efforts will be made to bring it under control in these 14 days.

Addressing a presser at the Police Seva Bhawan here Sarangi informed that there will be no weekend shut down on Saturdays and Sundays but there will be lockdown on all seven days of the week.

He said that shops selling vegetables and other essential commodities will remain open from 6 AM to 1 PM.

However, medicine shops will remain open, he added.

“People are requested to refrain from non-essential movement during the 14-day lockdown period. Senior citizens are requested to refrain from venturing out since they are more vulnerable. Do not use bikes for travel as it will attract penalties and seizure of bikes,” Sarangi said.

He said that Commissionerate Police is making adequate arrangements to ensure that people do not face problems in purchasing essential commodities from nearest markets during 14-day lockdown in twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

The Twin City Police Commissioner requested media houses to limit their personnel to bare minimum. While informing that the Commissionerate Police would not issue passes to the media personnel Sarangi said that media personnel can use their I-Card during movement.

He cautioned that media I Cards or other I Cards like that of banks etc should not be used for purposes other than that those are defined for.

Sarangi said that apart from marriages & funerals, no other congregation would be allowed. However, number of participating persons has to be limited as before, he added.

He said dhabas on highways will remain open only for takeaways

The Police Commissioner said that no person will be allowed to enter & exit the city other than for emergency purposes.

He, however, said that highway traffic on National Highway will continue. Police Commissioner stated that Government officials, especially in emergency departments, will be allowed during the lockdown.

They will have to use their own I-card and also use mobilization letters issued by their senior authorities citing about their duty, he added.

Sudhansu Sarangi, Twin City Police Commissioner