Locals take possession of quarantine as mark of rebellion


NEPALGUNJ: A crowd of people have taken possession of a quarantine centre in Laxmanpur, Narainapur Rural Municipality-2 of Banke district.

People who disagreed with health authorities shifting quarantined people to an isolation facility yesterday have reportedly been staging a rebellion, defying the authorities since this morning. As many as 81 people have been placed in the quarantine centre established at Laxmanpur-based Adarsha Secondary School.

A group led by local Ishak Ahamad Jolaha stopped the distribution of food defying authorities, according to ward-2 chair of the rural municipality Istiyak Ahamad Shah. He said such irresponsible activities carried out by the opposition parties posed a threat to society.

Likewise, police stated that some people associated with the group did not allow the authorities to isolate quarantined people.

Similarly, a witness, local Ramjit Teli said that two of them were allegedly spreading a rumour in the village saying the authorities were isolating quarantined people in Nepalgunj where security personnel were shooting them or killing them using medicines. The witness said that they were also involved in leading the relatives of the quarantined people to stage a rebellion and defy authorities outside the quarantine centre at the school.

Coordinator at Banke District Coordination Committee, Ajay Kumar Shreevastav said that authorities had taken an initiative to take stringent action against those who were spreading false rumour in the village.

Meanwhile, security personnel deployed from Nepal Police, Armed Police Force of Nepal and Nepali Army have been mobilised in the area in view of possible violence, Superintendent of Police (SP) Bir Bahadur Oli at Banke District Police Office informed.

Narainapur Rural Municipality that is located in the eastern region of the district, has witnessed a soaring number of coronavirus cases of late. A youth, the second one reported to have died from COVID-19 in the country, was a resident of Narainapur.

The number of COVID-19 cases have been rapidly increasing in the area with the increase in number of migrant workers returning home from India.

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