CM cautions jail quarantine of rogue inmates

DIPR/STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 9th Jun: Due to continuous surge of COVID-19 positive cases in the state, chief minister N Biren has assured of increasing the capacity of COVID Care Centre set up at UNACCO School from 100 beds to 300.
Along with declaring that the centre would start functioning from Wednesday as well, the chief minister also cautioned that inmates reported misbehaving or defying standard safety norms would be quarantined at Central Jail, Sajiwa.
CM Biren along with Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip inspected progress of works at UNACCO School, Meitram in Imphal West District where the COVID Care Centre would be operationalised.
Speaking on the sidelines of the inspection, Biren cautioned that mischievous and undisciplined inmates of quarantine centres would now be jailed.
Expressing serious concern over some inmates who do not bother to maintain safety guidelines laid down by the Government at this time of crisis, he observed that it would be never possible to keep vigil on everybody round the clock. As such, the State Government has now kept aside a separate block in Central Jail, Sajiwa which can accommodate 90 inmates to jail the mischievous inmates.
As of now Churachandpur has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and containment zones, the Chief Minister informed and added that Bishnupur District Hospital has also started admitting COVID-19 patients apart from RIMS and JNIMS. The State Government is putting in effort to increase the number of Institutional and Community Quarantine Centers as well considering possibility of coming back of more stranded people to the State, he added. Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and DGP LM Khaute, UNACCO governing body chairman N Irabanta and other government officials accompanied the Chief Minister during the inspection.
Meanwhile, addressing a virtual rally of BJP at its Canchipur office, CM Biren expressed that he felt apprehensive over the sudden upsurge in Covid-19 positive cases.
The main reason behind the sudden surge of positive cases is due to lack of discipline and not maintaining social distancing norms by the returnees who are in quarantine centres, he said and contended that the public are witnesses about misconduct of inmates in Thoubal, Churachandpur and Kanglatongbi quarantine centres as well as through posts posted on the social media.
Urging the people especially the inmates to follow the SOPs, use face mask and strictly adhere to social distancing norms, the CM asserted that Covid-19 could not be contained if people do not follow the advisories given by the government.


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