Prohibitory orders issued in Kottayam

Kerala police on Monday launched a massive crackdown on rumour-mongers and instigators of unrest, a day after a village in Kottayam witnessed a massive protest by migrant workers violatingthe 21-day lockdown announced by the Centre to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Kottayam district Collector P.K Sudheer Babu issued orders under Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting assembly of more than four people in Kottayam district.

The prohibitory orders were issued as a measure "to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the district," officials said.

The orders were issued following reports submitted by the district police chief and sub-divisional magistrate, stating there were instances of public gathering in the district even after the government announced measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, officials said.