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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the imposition of night curfew restrictions in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police and Bhubaneswar Municipal Commission (BMC) on Friday issued advisories for the citizens, urging them to abide by the guidelines strictly.

The night curfew will come into effect in Bhubaneswar between 9 PM and 5 AM from tomorrow as per the state Government order. Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash said efforts will be taken to create awareness ahead of the imposition of night curfew tomorrow.

“We appeal people other than those engaged in emergency services to close their business establishments/ shops by 8 pm so that they reach their respective homes before implementation of the night curfew restrictions,” said Dash.

Dash further said that stern action will be taken against the violators during enforcement of the night curfew. “We appeal people to abide by the guidelines. We will deploy police force at 25 points in different parts of the city. After reviewing things, the deployment will be enhanced or rearranged as per situation,” he added.

Meanwhile, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary urged people in Bhubaneswar not to indulge in panic buying and stockpiling of essential items. He assured that there will no scarcity of resources and essential commodities in the markets.

The appeal came following reports of people thronging markets in the city last night soon after the State Government announced night curfew across the State’s urban centres and weekend shutdown in 10 districts bordering Chhattisgarh due to a spike in the Covid-19 cases.

“I request you all not to hoard and go for panic buying. I assure that there will be no shortage of essential items such as milk, edibles, medicines etc. in the city. Therefore, citizens of Bhubaneswar should not indulge in panic buying of these items and overcrowding marketplaces,” appealed Chaudhary in a video message.

BMC officials said that all essential services will continue as usual and people can opt for online shopping and avail home delivery of items instead of going to markets for daily shopping in order to avoid crowd.

“We will ensure that there is no dearth of supply of essentials. And, please do not believe any rumours and hoax messages on social media and personal messaging platforms regarding complete shutdown or market closures,”Chaudhary added.

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