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Mamata Banerjee Draws Chalk Circles on Roads, Teaches Social Distancing

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid surprise visits to markets, pulling up police officers for shutting shops selling essentials and marking circles to denote how people should queue up in markets and before retail and wholesale outlets to maintain social distance amidst the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Politics | News18 | March 27, 2020, 12:01 pm
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 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid surprise visits to local markets, pulling up police officers for shutting shops selling essentials. (Image: Special Arrangement)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid surprise visits to local markets, pulling up police officers for shutting shops selling essentials. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Mamata also marked circles on the roads to denote how people should queue up in markets and before retail and wholesale outlets to maintain social distance amidst the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Mamata also marked circles on the roads to denote how people should queue up in markets and before retail and wholesale outlets to maintain social distance amidst the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Accompanied by city Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Banerjee - with a hankerchief covering her mouth and nose - first reached the wholesale market at Posta in Burrabazar of central Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Accompanied by city Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Banerjee - with a hankerchief covering her mouth and nose - first reached the wholesale market at Posta in Burrabazar of central Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Mamata spoke to the traders and asked them to keep their shop open. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Mamata spoke to the traders and asked them to keep their shop open. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 However, some of the traders complained that police were forcibly closing down shops by beating up buyers and sellers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

However, some of the traders complained that police were forcibly closing down shops by beating up buyers and sellers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Mamata is seen speaking to a trader during her surprise visit a market in Bengal. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Mamata is seen speaking to a trader during her surprise visit a market in Bengal. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 An angry Banerjee asked Sharma why they were not allowing the wholesalers to do their business, and received assurance that everything will be taken care of. (Image: Special Arrangement)

An angry Banerjee asked Sharma why they were not allowing the wholesalers to do their business, and received assurance that everything will be taken care of. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 From central Kolkata, Banerjee's convoy headed to Gariahat market. There she asked the traders to use hand santizers frequently and gave live demonstration on how they can conduct their business while adhering to safety norms. (Image: Special Arrangement)

From central Kolkata, Banerjee's convoy headed to Gariahat market. There she asked the traders to use hand santizers frequently and gave live demonstration on how they can conduct their business while adhering to safety norms. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Banerjee's last halt was at Lake Market. There she was not satisfied with the distance maintained between two circles for buyers in queue. She took a small brick and started drawing the circles before a shop selling potatoes and onions. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Banerjee's last halt was at Lake Market. There she was not satisfied with the distance maintained between two circles for buyers in queue. She took a small brick and started drawing the circles before a shop selling potatoes and onions. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee draws a circle on the road at a market in Kolkata. (Image: Special Arrangement)

  • First Published: March 26, 2020, 7:57 pm

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