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Assam police to file attempt to murder case against SOP violators: DGP

The Assam police will file an ‘attempt to murder charge against someone who breaches the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) implemented to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said on Wednesday. He urged citizens to strictly adhere to all rules of the new SOPs and warned that anyone caught breaking the procedures would face severe consequences, including an ‘attempt to kill’ charge.

Mahanta told the media, “Violating the government’s directives and standard operating procedures, if anybody or some organization organizes any function or occurrence, it would be considered as betrayal toward the community.”We would not, in this case, apply the fundamental rules of the Indigenous Penal Code or the Disaster Management Act, however, they will be followed by strictest legislation.” Charges of ‘attempt to kill’ will be brought against anyone organizing some event, group, get-together, or other kinds of meeting,” the DGP added.

“Public areas, shopping centers, or markets will not be overcrowded. Even in these cases during the leisure period of the curfew, police use lathicharge.”

According to the top police officer, there are rumors that certain merchants are doing business within their stores when shuttering the front doors. These businessmen will face serious consequences and will be charged by the applicable statute.

Mahanta stated that zero tolerance will be applied to containment areas. “Anyone who attempts to use Covid19 as an excuse will be prosecuted and considered to be in breach of the SOPs.”

With between 5,500 and 6,200 new Covid cases registered daily in Assam over the last few days, the state government released new SOPs on Wednesday that takes effect on Thursday. Curfews around Assam have been advanced to 2 p.m. from the previous 6 p.m., according to the SOPs. The revised SOPs, issued by Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, stated that all shops and commercial establishments would close at 1 p.m. on all days rather than 2 p.m., that weekly markets would be prohibited for 15 days, that all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, and universities, would be required to have high-quality virtual options, that no physical classes would be permitted for 15 days, and that all government and non-government entities would be prohibited from conducting business.

Health officials reported that as of late Tuesday night, the number of active Covid reports had increased to 39,264, the positivity rate had increased to 9.13 percent, and 85 people had died as a result of Covid-19. Assam has so far reported 3,04,429 Covid-19 positive events, with 1,838 fatalities.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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