BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The Ministry of Home Affairs in a letter to the West Bengal Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police has warned the state for violating the lockdown measures.
In a letter issued by Srinivasu K, deputy secretary to the Government of India, it was mentioned that reports received from the security agencies, gradual dilution of lockdown has been reported from West Bengal with an increase in the number of exceptions provided by the state government,” the letter stated.
“For instance, shops relating to non-essential items have been allowed to function. There is no regulation in vegetable, fish and mutton markets where people have been thronging in complete violation of social distancing norms in Rajabazar, Narkel Danga, Topsia, Metiabruz, Gardenreach, Iqbalpur and Manicktala in Kolkata. Significantly, areas such as Narkel Danga are reportedly witnessing more COVID-19 like cases,” the letter said.
The deputy secretary also wrote that the police are allowing religious congregations in these areas. The letter has also mentioned that political leaders are distributing rations instead of the distribution by institutional delivery system.
“This may have resulted in spread of COVID-19 infection,” the letter said.
The deputy secretary also requested the chief secretary and the DGP to take strict action against such violations and send the report to the ministry.
Meanwhile, on Saturday West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at a press conference at Nabanna said that the coronavirus is not a “communal virus.”
The Bengal government has allowed the flower market and sweet meat shops to operate for restricted hours while abiding by the social distancing rules. The Mamata government had earlier allowed 15 per cent of the tea garden workers to function. However, she asked all the workers to maintain social distancing.