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Rich and Influential being Exempted from Quarantine in Nagaland, Claims Angami Body

Nagaland has not reported a single positive case of the the coronavirus, but a man from Dimapur was tested positive at the GMCH in Guwahati.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 May 2020 5:02 AM GMT

Guwahati: Amid the return of thousands of stranded people to their native states amid the nationwide lockdown, the Northern Angami Youth Organisation in Kohima district has claimed that the rich and influential returnees were being exempted from the mandatory quarantine for COVID-19.

The Angami organization claims that the Nagaland Government let many such people off the hook because of their monetary status. Roko Angami, the President of the body said that such preferential treatment conveys a biased outlook, and reminded the government that the rules pertaining to COVID-19 apply to all citizens "irrespective of their social or financial status."

At the same time, the members of the organisation have urged members of its youth organizations to not allow anyone to enter the villages in the Angami-dominated areas for home quarantine if they had not undergone institutional quarantine beforehand.

Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said the government was unaware of such cases, but assured that he will "look into the allegations."

It is pertinent to mention here that there are widespread apprehensions in Nagaland about the return of Naga citizens who are stranded in other states amid the extended lockdown. The Government has announced a Rs 10,000 financial incentive to people who opt to stay back wherever they are until the situation returns to "normal".

Nagaland has not reported a single positive case of the the coronavirus, but a man from Dimapur was tested positive at the GMCH in Guwahati. He underwent treatment there and was released on May 1.

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