Ramakanta Biswas

A complaint has been lodged at the Dhenkanal Town Police station against the owner and principal of a Plus 2 science residential college for allowing a large number of Covid positive students walk out of the campus despite curbs imposed by the district administration.

As many as 53 cases of Covid-19 have so far been detected at the residential college located in Kunjakanta under ward No 2 of Dhenkanal municipality.

The executive officer of Dhenkanal municipality today wrote to the inspector in-charge of the Town police station for registering an FIR against the owner and Principal of the college. 

Yesterday, 33 students of the college were found positive for coronavirus following which Kunjakanta was declared ‘containment zone’ for 10 days. 

In his complaint, the Dhenkanal Municipality executive officer alleged that violating Covid-19 guidelines all the 33 Covid-19 positive students walked out of the college as well as hostel, where they were staying, without giving proper intimation due to the carelessness of the institution authorities. 

The officer said that the institution authorities were instructed to keep all Covid positive persons in their hostels with isolation and provide necessary treatment and assistance. 

“During field enquiry by the municipal enforcement team, it was found that the concerned institutional authorities were not following the Covid-19 protocol at all and also not cooperating with municipal officials. This is a gross negligence by this institution,” the executive officer alleged. 

The civic official said there are chances of super spreading of Covid-19 positive cases which may cause loss of life. 

“It is therefore requested to lodge FIR against the above persons and take necessary steps as per COVID guideline,” the civic official added.

Earlier in the day, officials of Dhenkanal Municipality sealed the Plus 2 residential college and served a show-cause notice to institute authorities for allowing students to vacate the building without following the requisite protocols.