KOLKATA: Stores in all the market complexes except for those of essential services like medicine shops and groceries were mostly shut as the Bidhannagar police were on the streets to ensure a complete lockdown.
However, there were reports of people not following the lockdown rules in some market places in the township.
At a market near PNB crossing, some grocery, fish and meat shops were open as people were seen gathering at the market.
“The market complex was not actually empty as it should had been. We are requesting everybody to stay indoors and not to venture out for our own sake,” said ward 41 councillor Anindya Chattopadhaya.
There was panic buying in most of the block markets as residents scrambled and stood in a queue to buy their daily necessities. Fish or eggs were all sold off before 10am in most of the markets as panic buying continued.
“We are urging requesting that there is no need to panic, as all essential services will continue,” said a civic official.
At PNB crossing area in Salt Lake, people were seen moving on their bikes and cars without having any emergency purpose. The police had to conduct naka checks at PNB crossing to see that only those having emergency purpose were on the roads.
“Quite a number of people were seen moving on the roads with bikes and cars without having any emergency purpose. We are urging people to follow the lockdown rules or else the police will have no option but to take steps according to the law,” a civic official said.
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