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5 riot accused test coronavirus positive; 116 shifted to Bengaluru Haj complex

5 riot accused test coronavirus positive; 116 shifted to Bengaluru Haj complex

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 April 2020 10:00 AM GMT

Bengaluru: As many as 116 riot case accused had been from Ramanagara district jail to the sprawling Haj complex (bhavan) in the city centre after 5 co-accused tested coronavirus positive, a senior Karnataka Police officer said on Friday.

“Of the 121 accused, 116 who tested negative have been shifted to Haj Bhavan in the city from the district jail after the remaining five tested positive on Thursday to prevent other inmates from getting infected,” DCP (West) Ramesh Bhanot told reporters here.

Ramanagara, about 50km southwest of Bengaluru on the state highway towards Mysuru, has been a green spot with not a single coronavirus case till date.

The inmates were arrested and remanded to judicial custody on April 21 for allegedly attacking healthcare warriors and rioting at the containment zone in the city’s southwest suburb on April 19.

“As all the accused are from the containment zone where three Tablighi Jamaat returnees tested positive and their 58 primary and secondary contacts have been sent to a quarantine centre in the city, they were subjected to COVID-19 test, in which five had tested positive and 116 negative,” said Bhanot. (IANS)

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