Guwahati: 4 returnees in Nagaland's Peren district who sneaked out from the quarantine centre have found themselves the at the receiving end of the Government's wrath after a case was filed by the Jalukie Police.
A release issued by the Superintendent of Police, Peren, reads, "In connection with the reported incident on June 20 and 21 where four returnees sneaked out from quarantine centre (JNV), Jalukie B, and later detained at police quarantine facility, a case under Disaster Management Act 2005 and relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at Jalukie Police Station case no. 007/2020 against the four detained returnees for negligent act likely to spread infectious disease dangerous to life and for violating quarantine rule." It needs mention here that the case has been registered under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and relevant sections of the IPC.
Although the identity of these four errant individuals is yet to be disclosed, the news of their 'escape' from the quarantine centre in the district has caused further panic in the district that has already reported several dozen Covid-19 cases amid the return of stranded citizens after the lockdown.
Yesterday, nearly a hundred people took to the streets in Peren district to protest the "irresponsible attitude" of the state government in releasing a Covid-19 positive patient from Dimapur to Peren along with 16 other inbound passengers. Discontent continues to simmer in the district against the Neiphiu Rio-led People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) for its alleged "mishandling of the crisis".
Meanwhile, the number of cases in Nagaland have continued to spike upwards since the first cases were reported on May 3 -- a trio who had come from outside. As on today, the number of cases has risen to 347, with 141 recoveries reported so far.