Bhubaneswar: As a 14-day state-wide lockdown comes into force from 5 AM tomorrow, Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash today urged people to take the benefit of e-assistance in case they fail to provide an identity card or a document mentioning their purpose of being out of home during the lockdown period.
The DCP said if anyone has some urgent work to finish, but unable to produce a document validating the concerned person’s purpose of being out of home during the lockdown, the person can call up 100.
Dash further said the same person will provide personal details and reasons behind going somewhere in the city. The person will then receive an e-assistance SMS on his/her registered mobile number. With the help of the e-assistance message, the same person can visit the place in the city to where he/she wants to go and complete the urgent work.
Barring the persons from the exempted category as decided by the State government, everyone else will be stopped and asked about the reasons for being out of home during the lockdown period.
Persons from the exempted category will be allowed to visit different places in the city during the lockdown by producing identity cards provided to them by their organizations.
Dash further said in order to minimize visit of people to police stations during the lockdown, the Commissionerate Police will reach the doorstep of those who want to lodge a complaint.
Anyone who wants to file a complaint can dial 100 and provide the details on the nature of his/her complaint. A police officer along with some necessary documents will reach the doorstep of the complainant and take down the details. Afterwards, the FIR copy will be given to the complainant electronically via either WhatsApp or email. There will be no compromise in the investigation, the Bhubaneswar DCP informed.
During the lockdown a total of 20 platoons of police and 200 police officers will be deployed in the city, the DCP stated.