March 27, 2020, 4:01 AM



People standing in line at Sakkardara Police Station (Photo: Amar Ashok Jajoo)

Amid the 21-day lockdown in the entire country due to Coronavirus outbreak, citizens have started making a beeline at Nagpur police stations to get passes to travel in the city for essential purposes. A similar line was witnesses at Sakkardara Police Station by Nation Next.

Speaking to Nation Next, Additional Commissioner Nilesh Bharne said, “People needing to travel for any essential work, which includes going to hospitals, banks, offices and commuting to workplaces which are involved in production, transport or procurement of necessities, will be provided passes to let them travel. These passes will be valid March 31 as of now.”

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Bharne added, “People who are working in establishments, which are allowed to be open in spite of lockdown, can show their identity cards and go. They don’t need to take such passes. People not associated with non-essential services and not having these passes will not be allowed to step outside their homes.”

Rubbishing rumours that these passes are being given to one member of each family, Bharne said, “Passes will be given to people who actually need it.” Appealing people to stay at home, Bharne added, “If a person wants to buy necessities or visit a hospital, that person can do so near his/her home. There is no reason to roam around the city for that.”

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