ITANAGAR, Mar 27: Three IRBn constables have been suspended, following the emergence of a video clip showing them engaging in beating up three men with a lathi for being outside during the ongoing nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
DGP RP Upadhyaya informed this daily that the incident took place at Bihari Basti, near the Gumto railway station, and said action has been initiated on the basis of the video clip showing one constable thrashing three men while another one assists him and looks on as the third one shoots the video.
The three are from the 4th IRBn battalion stationed in Jully, and preliminary inquiry has been conducted.
“A detailed inquiry is underway,” the DGP said.
Police detain 133 people in 24 hrs
Additionally, the police have registered 20 FIRs, detained 133 people, and imposed fines totalling Rs 16,8700 in the last 24 hours in cases related to violation of the lockdown rules in force.
“We are taking strict measures to implement the lockdown,” the DGP said.
A dedicated 24-hour control room has also been set up for better implementation of the lockdown and for addressing issues concerning the people.
Further, all deputy superintendents of police have been directed to enforce the lockdown in an effective manner, particularly at the 38 permanent and 50 temporary check posts across the state.
Essential service providers like grocery shops, vegetable outlets and pharmacies are allowed to remain open.
“As the DGP of the state, my appeal to all citizens of Arunachal Pradesh is to please cooperate with us and follow the instructions and guidelines issued by the administration regarding the lockdown,” Upadhyaya said.
ADM inspects checkpoints
Meanwhile, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Talo Potom, who is currently the overall in-charge of the law and order situation in the capital region, inspected all the checkpoints from Itanagar to Banderdewa on Friday.
He informed that the public is allowed to move only on medical grounds and to buy groceries at the moment, adding that those working in essential services are being allowed to pass, provided that they show their identification.
“Everyone is being screened at the entry gates, and anyone who has a temperature of above 38 degrees Celsius will be sent for a medical check-up,” Potom said.
He informed that those who are found violating the guidelines are detained for a few hours and apprised of the lockdown rules.