Gangtok, 29 Mar:
In an anticipatory move, Sikkim Police to ensure that it was adequately prepared for any law & order or humanitarian eventuality thrown up the Novel Coronavirus situation, has set up a Crisis Response Command [CRC] for COVID-19.
Housed at the Police Headquarters, the CRC is expected to respond to and tackle any COVID-19 related emergency situation and is headed by Sikkim Police IGP Avichal as the Crisis Respond Commander assisted by Deputy Inspector Generals of Police Sonam T Bhutia and DB Giri as Deputy Crisis Respond Commanders and five Superintendents of Police as Assistant Crisis Respond Commanders.
The CRC has four groups and seven cells.
Addressing a press conference here today, DIG Sonam T Bhutia, who is also the spokesperson for Sikkim Police, explained that the CRC has been set up in public interest and was presently in planning stages, fine tuning its projected operations.
Pointing out that the nCoV situation was under control in the State, he said that the CRC will swing in to action if the situation gets out of hand and reach relief immediately to the people in the State.
The DIG informed that the CRC will be constantly monitoring the situation and will be accessible to the general public 24x7 through its Facebook page and Twitter handle for interactions and to take their feedback and suggestions.
His colleague, Deputy Crisis Respond Commander, DIG DB Giri, in turn mentioned that cases of COVID-19 have been increasing in the country and could become more severe in the days to come. It is to be prepared for any eventuality that Sikkim Police has set up the CRC not only to maintain the law and order but also to respond to any allied situation that could develop in the State.
He stated that the CRC has also been sensitizing police personnel deputed on the frontlines to ensure their full safety.
“We have been taking regular updates on the situation from SHOs and Police Outposts across the State to ensure that essential commodities are available to the people and to ensure that the COVID-19 protocol is being followed across the State,” he said.
The DIG mentioned that the CRC would go out to the field in the coming days to check against black-marketing and price rise.
CRC can be contacted 24x7 through the Police Control Room at 03592-221152.