Adilabad: The lockdown imposed by both State and Union governments in the wake of the coronavirus has been peaceful in erstwhile Adilabad district on Wednesday. No positive case of the virus was reported in the district on Wednesday.
People from all sections of the society voluntarily extended solidarity to the lockdown by staying homes and distancing themselves from others. They ventured outdoors only for buying groceries, drugs and during some medical emergencies including deliveries. Some of them expressed displeasure over cases and seizure of vehicles by cops for moving on the roads.
Ugadi a low-key affair
People celebrated Ugadi festival as a low-key affair in the district. Unlike regular years, people did not decorate doors with mango leaves nor used neem buds to make Ugadi pachadi, a customary dish consumed at the time of this festival.
They, however, took to social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook and exchanged greetings. Collectors of the Adilabad, Nirmal, Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Mancherial districts reviewed the situation in the districts.
They pleaded to the public not to be panicked and to be cautious. They requested the citizens not to roam on roads without a valid reason. They said that social distance could break the chain of the virus. They wanted the civilians to extend their support to efforts being made by authorities for containing the pandemic.
Cops patrolled on roads and highways to curb traffic and prohibit movement of public. They booked cases against those who violated the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and seized vehicles for traveling for invalid reasons.
They created awareness on the steps for curtailing the spread of the virus. The police also cautioned that stringent action would be registered against those who roam roads without an appropriate reason.
Groceries stores and vegetable markets witnessed rushes in urban parts of the four districts. Rural folks continued to seal borders of their habitations using different methods including iron, thorny and boulder fences, preventing entry of outsiders. Some of them imposed fines against those who enter a village without prior permission.
Meanwhile, as directed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, public representatives toured several parts of their jurisdictions and ensured that no vehicles and public move on the roads.
In such a case, Khanapur MLA A Rekha Naik commuted in motorbike for enforcing lockdown. MLC Puranam Satheesh Kumar also inspected borders of Telangana and Maharashtra in Kotapalli mandal and instructed cops to stop traffic from neighboring State.
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