Scuffle at Kpi IQC as inmates ‘shield’ infected patients

KANGPOKPI, 12th Jul: Kangpokpi women police and frontline workers from the district administration had another violent scuffle with alleged arrogant inmates of Institutional Quarantine Centre (IQC) at Motbung Government High School while bringing out six Covid-19 positive inmates on Sunday.
According to authorities, there are always heated scuffles among the inmates and frontline workers including the district police whenever positive inmates are to be shifted to a Covid Care Centre or hospital from IGNTU-RCM Makhan, Presidency College Motbung and Motbung Govt High School IQCs. The district police and frontline workers always have a hard time on every such occasion as they have to don full PPEs and enter the IQCs to confront and control the alleged self-important inmates while bringing out the positive inmates from the centre.
Ultimately, 'Danda for Tamasha' (beating for those creating troubles) has become the best remedy for the district police to resolve this frequently occurring scuffles and incidents in the IQCs.
In Sunday’s incident, the women police personnel were compelled to resort to beating some of the alleged arrogant women inmates at Motbung school IQC as they obstructed the frontline workers in performing their official duty of bringing out the six positive inmates.
According to Duty Magistrate Opendro Singh, frontline workers and women police were planning to shift the six positive inmates from the IQC around 10 am. However, some of the women inmates confronted the frontline workers and turned violent by hitting the frontline workers with firewood.
“It was when I instructed the women police to beat them and bring out the positive inmates,” the Magistrate said, while adding “We have been politely appealing and requesting them to allow us to take away the positive inmates since morning till afternoon but they failed to listen to our humble request rather they first resorted to violence”.
He also said that the six positive inmates were ready to co-operate with the frontline workers but few of the women inmates seized their luggage and barricaded them from coming out before the women police personnel and other frontline workers intervened and took them out from the Centre.
The Magistrate also said that the agitating women were demanding to be given an early date for their retesting which according to the medical protocol is not permissible, as retest could be done only five days after the identification of the positive inmates in the centre. They were complaining that despite staying in the IQCs for more than 50 days positive cases has been detected one after another and they could not be discharged from the IQCs, he revealed.
Magistrate Opendro Singh further said that not all the inmates were arrogant, some are very sensible and understanding but few of them are beyond tolerance and they are the one who create such ‘tamasha’ giving headache to the frontline workers including the district administration, police and health workers.
He also appealed to the public not to be misled by the viral video where only police action towards the women inmates were shown rather they should also know that there was also unbecoming behaviour from the women inmates who started the violence by hitting the women police personnel and frontline workers with firewood whose evidence is with him, while clarifying that they were compelled to resort to some beating, so as to control the arrogant inmates and segregate the positive inmates from them.
Mention may be made that, there are more than 200 inmates under surveillance at IGNTU-RCM Makhan with over 60 inmates found to be positive. Later, the male and female inmates were segregated while the male inmates were shifted at Presidency College Motbung and the female inmates put up at Motbung Govt High School.
There are currently 60 women inmates at Motbung Govt High School after shifting of the six positive inmates on Sunday, who will have to wait for five more days for retest, while more than 70 male inmates including four couples at Presidency College Motbung were all found to be negative and are likely to be discharged by July 13.
It was also reported that those inmates at Motbung Govt High School previously staying at IGNTU-RCM Makhan were mingling with one another in complete violation of the IQC norms and guidelines which may be main factor for the unending positive cases among them.

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