Jagatsinghpur, June 26 (LocalWire): Panic has gripped the people of Osakana panchayat in Balikuda after a migrant returnee ran away from the Temporary Medical Centre (TMC) he was quarantined in, in order to attend the wedding ceremony of his sister.
The Sarpanch has served a notice to all the family members of the migrant to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
Sources said that the migrant had returned form Uttar Pradesh on June 16th and had been quarantined for 14 days.
While his quarantine period was supposed to be over on June 29th, he managed to flee the TMC on June 26th in order to attend his sister’s marriage ceremony, at the advice of his father.
After becoming aware of the incident, the other inmates informed the Sarpanch Tanulata Sethy who then lodged an FIR against the absconding migrant in Balikuda police station.
After the police intervened and found him at his house, the returnee was escorted to the TMC.
The Sarpanch informed, “The migrant in question stayed with his family for one day and has made contact with other family members and relatives who attended the wedding ceremony.
I had served a notice to the family for a quarantine of 14 days, however, fearing social stigma, the notice was torn from the wall of the house, at which I communicated the happenings to the local BDO and health officials.”
It may be noted that 29 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected today in Jagatsinghpur district, taking the total no. of affected cases in the district to 268.