Bengal government empowers DMs to impose lockdown – Times of India

Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Bengal government on Sunday issued a missive which allowed the DMs to take a call on imposing lockdown in the containment zones on a dynamic basis. A senior official said that the lockdown will continue till July 31.
The advisory issued to the DGP, DMS and commissioners of police to take a decision on lockdown based on the local situation and based on ground inputs.
Earlier last week the Bengal home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay had issued a directive on complete lockdown in five towns of North Bengal — Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Raigunj and Malda which was effective from July 15 to 19. But due to the rising figures, the state government has decided to allow the DMs to analyse the local situations and decide on the containment zones.
A senior Bengal government official said that the situation is worrisome in some places of North Bengal and for which the lockdown will continue in these five towns.
The advisory issued by the home department said.”DMs may take a view on continuing lockdown: town-wide or zone wise depending on the local situation. They can do it for five to seven days. State-wide containment zone-based lockdown continues till July 31″.