Imphal Free Press
Clear all blockages for smooth flow of essential items and ambulance: MHRCIFP Bureau | First Published: March 26, 2020 16:20:37 pm
The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the Director General of Police (DGP) Manipur to instruct all district Superintendents of Police (SPs) to immediately clear all road blockages so that there will be smooth transportation of essential items and easy flow of ambulances. The Commission has asked DGP Manipur to send action taken report within three days.
The direction followed after MHRC registered a complaint filed by Basantakumar Wareppa, Convener of NGOs and HRDS of the Commission. The complaint brought to the notice of MHRC that the state government imposed curfew soon after a 23-year-old girl was tested positive for COVID-19 in Imphal.
The curfew was imposed to further check the movement of people and will remain in force till further order by the government. However, certain essential services, including movement of ambulances, transportation of water, opening of pharmacies and groceries shops have been exempted from the purview of the curfew.
In the name of supporting curfew, some local clubs in the state have blocked approach roads by fencing, dumping trees and logs to prevent entry of outsiders to their localities. Such illegal acts have added burden to the general public by severely affecting the transportation of water and movement of medical vehicles.
These illegal acts of local clubs have violated the right to health and right to have safe drinking water, said the complaint. Following this, the MHRC has directed the DGP, Manipur to immediately clear illegal blockages and to book the persons responsible for imposing such illegal acts.
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