Meghalaya police has deployed 14,000 police personnel on the ground to strictly implement curfew and lockdown and the related duties to check the spread of COVID-19.
“The police forces are actively engaged in this herculean task and are also committed at assisting the state administration in their efforts to supply essential goods and medical and emergency services,” state’s Director General of Police R Chandranathan said.
He also appealed to the residents of the state to co-operate with the district administrations in their efforts in creating awareness and implementing norms relating to social distancing and hand hygiene.
Cautioning all individuals who willingly and negligently without any regard to the seriousness associated with the public health emergency are bent upon violating the promulgated orders, Chandranathan said, “Stringent action under the existing laws will be taken against them.”
Making a special appeal to youngsters, the police chief asked them to be more responsible and take care of not only their health but also of their near and dear ones, especially the elderly and differently-abled.
Chandranathan also announced a dedicated WhatsApp number 9436337807 so that those who are from the state and stranded elsewhere can seek help.
Moreover, he said 108 has been made operational for any COVID-19 cases or for ill health or for those in urgent need of dialysis.
Meghalaya Police social media accounts are also assisting the public in creating awareness and grievance redressal.
On Saturday, the police have taken over monitoring of distribution of essential items from the headmen and other volunteers.