Lockdown 3.0: All inter-state border in Nagaland to be shutdown, total lockdown condition except movement of goods vehicles

Kohima: As per the new guidelines issued by the government of Nagaland on Monday, all inter-state borders along 14 administrative circles and sub-divisions will continue to be sealed as a matter of abundant caution. The government also notified that the international border of the state with Myanmar will continue to remain sealed.

Chief secretary Temjen Toy on Monday told media persons that sealing of inter-state borders will continue in toto, as existing before May 3, along 14 border sub-divisions. With designated entry and exit points for vehicle goods at Naginimora and Tizit under Mon district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang under Mokokchung district, Dilai gate and New Field gate under Dimapur district and Khuzama under Kohima district, all other roads will remain closed.

Total lockdown conditions will be imposed and only movement of goods vehicles, including those transiting the state, shall be allowed after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants of those vehicles through designated entry and exit points, it said. However, the movement of goods vehicle is not applicable at Bhandari sub-division bordering Assam.

Action along Nagaland-Assam border

Responding to a query on how the state government is managing the illegal drug peddling and drug smuggling activities along the inter-state border under Wokha district, particularly in regard to the two policemen involved in alleged drug smuggling case, the chief secretary said that as the issue is not limited to one part of the border alone, instructions have been passed on that that actions must be taken against erring individual(s).

“We need to replace all those people who were there for sometime at the check gates,” he said making a reference to the police and security personnel on duty along the inter-state borders.

In regard to drug users, people living with HIV, and people requiring treatments, he said that the concerned departments and authorities have been ordered to submit a report on what measures have been initiated and how the concerned authorities plan to tackle matters including drug using issues. Refusing to comment further, Toy said that the report is yet to be received, but expressed hope that necessary measures must have been initiated.