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CRPF men to patrol Goa’s sensitive areas from today

Panaji: As people in Goa continue defying Section 144 of CrPC imposed for nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centre has sent to the state two Central Reserve Police Force battalions compromising 240 security personnel.

The CRPF personnel will be deployed for patrolling highly sensitive areas in Goa to ensure that the people do not violate Section 144 of CrPC.

Briefing media persons at his official residence on Saturday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also said that on the request of the state government Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already sent two CRPF companies to Goa which will be patrolling the areas during the lockdown period.

“The CRPF personnel will be deployed in sensitive areas across Goa. They will be on patrolling duty along with Goa police from March 29, and will be given a freehand to take action against those violating the lockdown and come on roads unnecessarily,” he added.

The government already set up a war room in the office of principal chief conservator of forest to monitor the situation during the lockdown.

Sawant said the military hospital in Panaji has also been earmarked as a quarantine facility.

The Chief Minister said the condition of all the three patients who tested positive for COVID-19 is stable, adding that “samples of those people who had come in direct

contact with them have been sent for testing, and we are awaiting the results.”

Sawant said that 798 people have been home quarantined across the state, and they have been directed not to move out.

He also said the virology lab, which is being set up at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, will start giving reports from Sunday.

“As of now, we have 2500 kits for testing,” he added.

The trucks carrying essential commodities from other states have already crossed the state borders. Now, we have enough stock, Sawant claimed.

He said that tourism industry officers have also been roped in to ensure that the tourists stranded in different hotels are provided accommodation and food at subsidised rates.

He also said the people need not step out of their homes to pay water and electricity bill till April 14.

“Relaxation can be made for water and electricity bill payments by the government after April 14,” the Chief Minister clarified.

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