Mrunal Manmay Dash

Berhampur/Bhubaneswar: All the 128 Odia Surat returnees who had fled two quarantine centres in Beguniapada area of Ganjam district two days ago have been caught by the police.

Cases have been registered against 12 persons under different sections in Beguniapada block.

Taking to twitter, Ganjam SP has informed that based on the report of Tehsildar-cum-Incident commander of Kodala, two cases have been registered against 12 persons in connection with the incident.

SP Brijesh Rai has also appealed Odia returnees to follow COVID19 guidelines issued by govt scrupulously and warned that any kind of violation will be dealt with iron hands.

Earlier in the day, a resident of Rourkela Nala Road (COVID affected area) was also booked under various sections for fleeing quarantine camp in Jharsuguda district.

Reiterating government's strong message to quarantine violators, State Health Minister Naba Das has also warned people returning from other States not to violate any regulations during quarantine period.

Speaking to the media, Das said, “I request all those who have returned to Odisha or are going to return from different states to please remain in the government designated quarantine centres for 14 days.”

“Any deviation from the existing norms would fetch strongest penal action against the violators,” added Das.

This comes following CM Naveen’s video message where he urged all the returnees to obey quarantine norms diligently and at the same time warned them of initiating strict action against whosoever is found flouting it.

Even State Chief Secretary, Asit Tripathy had said that the returnees, who are creating nuisance & escaping from quarantine centres, will be kept at quarantine centres away from their respective districts; violators will be arrested, quarantine period will be extended & no incentive will be paid to them.