Booze Party At Quarantine Centre In Odisha, Liquor ‘Supplier’ Arrested
Keonjhar: At a time when the entire country is under lockdown and fighting together to knock down the COVID-19 pandemic, inmates of a quarantine centre in Odisha were found organising liquor party by throwing social distancing norms to the wind.
Though the government has been insisting on strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, the inmates of the quarantine centre at Khalana panchayat in Keojhar district recently organised a booze party.
The matter came to light after a picture purportedly showing the inmates boozing at the quarantine centre went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, Ramachandrapur Police has arrested one Bishnu Rout of Khalana village on charges of supplying liquor to the quarantinees.
“Our investigation is on to find out if more people are engaged in the illegal supply of liquor to quarantined people,” said a police official.
While people are anxious about the virus and strictly following the lockdown guidelines, such irresponsible acts of drinking quarantine centre is discouraging and unacceptable, said a local.
Several incidents from people leaving quarantine centres by alleging mismanagement to staging protest alleging supply of poor quality food have come to fore in the last couple of weeks in the State.
On May 3, over 100 Surat returnees fled from two COVID-19 quarantine centres in Ganjam district alleging lack of food, drinking water and other facilities.
A case was registered against six inmates of a quarantine centre in Bhadrak for violating social distancing norms by making TikTok video.
Earlier, a video showing inmates of a quarantine centre in Bhanpur panchayat of Khaprakhol in Bolangir district
Inmates of a quarantine centre in Bhanpur panchayat of Khaprakhol in Bolangir district had also earlier alleged supply of poor quality of food. They made a video narrating their ordeal and uploaded it on social media.
However, Khaprakhol block development officer (BDO) refuted the allegations levelled by the quarantine centre inmates and termed them false and baseless.