Mizoram Passes Ordinance Seeking Exemplary Punishment For Lockdown Violators

AIZAWL: Mizoram's chief minister Zoramthanga's cabinet approved Saturday one seeking an exemplary punishment for those who violate it, an official said.

Cabinet approval of the ordinance comes a week after eight teens were beaten by members of a local COVID-19 task force for defying closure orders.

A cabinet meeting chaired by Zoramthanga approved The COVID-19 Containment and Prevention Ordinance that seeks strict punishment for those who violate confinement and create public nuisance, he said.

It was presented at the meeting by Health Minister Dr. R Lalthangliana, the official said.

Authorities said the ordinance seeks strict punishment for lockdown violators, but details are not yet available as the document has not yet been released.

Although doctors in Mizoram had requested a one-month extension of the closure, the Cabinet decided to implement the extension until May 17 as directed by the Center, he said.

The cabinet also decided that the state government will take steps to facilitate the return of Mizoram residents stranded in other parts of the country via trains, as allowed by the Center, the official said.

The state government had previously decided to facilitate the return of 693 Mizoram residents stranded in four northeastern states, Manipur, Meghalaya and between April 30 and May 3.

A total of 292 people from the state, including 154 women, have returned from Manipur between Thursday and Saturday, authorities said.