The West Tripura  district magistrate has been asked to submit the inquiry report within 15 days
The West Tripura district magistrate has been asked to submit the inquiry report within 15 days |EastMojo Image

Tripura: Magisterial inquiry against ex-health minister for visiting COVID care centre

MLA Sudip Roy Barman had visited Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel, which falls under his constituency, to meet COVID-19 patients on Sunday

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: A day after former health minister and MLA Sudip Roy Barman refused to undergo institutional quarantine, the Tripura home department has ordered a magisterial inquiry into Roy Barman‘s visit to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel COVID Care Centre on August 2.

An order copy issued by the home department assigned the West Tripura district magistrate & collector Sandeep N Mahatme to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the matter and submit the report within 15 days from the date of issue.

The order copy also asked the magistrate to inquire on three aspects—nature of breach of security, risk to health of self and others, including inmates and fixing of responsibility on all those who connived or facilitated, and nature of connivance or facilitation.

Earlier, on Sunday, the New Capital Complex (NCC) police station registered a suo motu FIR against Roy Barman under Epidemic Diseases Act and the Tripura Medical Services and Protection of Property Damage Act.

Roy Barman on Sunday had visited Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel which falls under his assembly constituency to meet patients wearing a PPE kit. He also distributed dry fruits among all 280 positive patients at the centre.

Earlier, on Sunday, the West district magistrate served a notice to Roy Barman asking him to undergo seven days‘ institutional quarantine followed by seven days’ home quarantine.

Reacting to the memo addressed to the former, Roy Barman said that the order issued by the West district magistrate was issued ‘under duress’ and it is part of conspiracy by some vested interested group to expose him with the virus.

“You have asked me to remain in institutional quarantine at the RSTI Quarantine Centre AD Nagar, though I have not been tested or having any symptoms and not being advised by a medical officer. It seems some vested interested persons are trying to put me intentionally in the RSTI Quarantine Centre so that I can easily come in contact with others who have been tested positive, which would be hazardous to my health”, Barman wrote.

He further said that he wouldn't be available for either home or facility quarantine unless he is tested or clinically assigned as COVID-19 positive.

So far, two MLAs -- one each from the ruling BJP, Ramapada Jamatia and IPFT Dhananjoy Tripura -- have tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier on July 28, the state health department issued a notice stating asymptomatic, mild and very mild cases can stay under home quarantine, if the medical officer certifies it.

Meanwhile, 125 more tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday taking the tally at 5,643, with 3,725 recovered cases and 30 deaths so far.

The positivity rate stands at 2.99%, test per million at 46,205 while the recovery rate stands at 67.69% and mortality rate at 0.51%.

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