Assam Police is using songs and drones to monitor the nationwide lockdown to the arrest the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
Drones have been deployed in various parts of Guwahati to monitor the movements of people and vehicles during the lockdown period.
In Guwahati alone, 75 lockdown violators have been arrested while more than 2000 vehicles have been seized.
The police have resorted to stricter actions as people have been found to be violating the norms during the lockdown as there are 26 cases already reported in the state.
Assam Police personnel are also taking the help of songs to encourage people to stay home and not violate the lockdown rules.
In a viral video, Guwahati Police personnel are seen singing a popular number ‘Dinor puhor rongsongiya’ from Assamese movie Aranya with their mobile phone torches on, and the beat of their batons knocking on the road.
Apart from this, the CRPF personnel were also seen singing in Guwahati urging people to stay indoors during coronavirus lockdown.
Team to track contacts
Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta said that the state police is now applying new technology so that people who came in contacts with COVID-19 positive patients can be traced.
A special team has also been constructed and they will work with the health department.
The DGP further stated that the police have taken the matter of the contamination issue very seriously and the police are tracing everyone who might be connected with the virus issue.
He, speaking on the issue of fake news, said that the police have started a special drive against people spreading rumours or fake news.
Mahanta added that a few “anti-national elements” are using religion to disturb the social harmony and strict actions will be taken against violators.
Photo credit: Guwahati Traffic Police