New Delhi: The video of health workers being attacked with stones in Indore as they were carrying out their duties of screening patients went viral. For definite reasons. At a time when the locked-down country is fighting the rapid spread of an infection which has no vaccine, no proved cure, people are resisting police and healthcare personnel to responsibly discharge their duties. The Indore administration invoked the National Security Act against four alleged attackers. The UP government followed suit. While six members of Tablighi Jamaat have been booked under NSA for misbehaving with the health staff of, the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh has warned that anyone who attacks the cops will be booked under the NSA. Also Read - Iran Reports 2,349 New Coronavirus Cases; Total Tally at 259,652
What is NSA? National Security Act is a stringent law under which anyone can be taken under preventive detention if the authorities consider the individual a threat to national security or law and order. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown Extension News: Bengaluru to Come Under Complete Shutdown From Today, Won’t be Extended Beyond July 22 | Check Details
On various earlier occasions, the authorities have been blamed for misusing NSA, for using invoking it on ‘flimsy’ grounds. But in the face of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, invoking NSA became necessary for the rampant incidents of violence against healthcare and police personnel. Also Read - Railways Ministry to Stay Closed on July 14, 15 After Officials Found COVID Positive in Rail Bhawan
The incidents of Indore or UP are not one-off. Four policemen were injured when a group of people allegedly attacked them with stones after being asked not to gather for Friday prayers at a mosque in Hubballi in north Karnataka.
From March 25 onwards, India is under a 21-day national lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. While everyone has been advised to stay inside, the administrations across the country are focussing on more tests, isolation, contact tracing of positive cases. However, reports of lockdown orders being flouted are pouring over, despite the national graph steepening on a daily basis, On Friday, India witnessed the biggest leap in the number of positive cases with 478 cases being reported within 24 hours.