Arunachal: Sec 144 imposed in Aalo as DJ night leads to COVID spread
Itanagar: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in Aalo, the headquarters of West Siang district, after 49 more people tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.
Officials said the restrictions have been imposed so as to allow the process of contact tracing besides carrying out other preventive measures.
The development comes a day after 13 out of 46 persons who attended a DJ night at one of the local resorts on August 29 tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
With 49 more testing positive for the virus on Thursday, the party has resulted in a total of 62 positive cases so far.
Reacting to the incident the West Siang district administration on Thursday said, “No permission was given to organize any kind of DJ Night and nor did the organizers of the event seek any permission to conduct such event from it.”
“The ‘DJ Nite incident’ has surfaced only after one of the attendees who tested positive Covid- 19 revealed his whereabouts prior to the testing process. This event was held on the outskirts, around 3.5 km away from the Aalo town and the administration and police were kept in the darkness about it,” officials said.
Officials further informed that 13 people who attended the party had tested Covid-19 positive in the initial tests while 49 tested positive for the virus in the tests carried out a day after.
“A total of 218 tests have been carried out so far on Thursday,” officials said.
West Siang deputy commissioner Moki Loyi informed that ‘Humgo Rigo’, the resort where the party was held has been banned and another resort namely ‘Cozy Resort’ has been declared as containment zone after five workers of the hotel tested positive for Covid-19.
“An FIR has been lodged against the organizers of the ‘DJ Nite’ and a thorough magisterial and police inquiry will be made,” the DC said while adding that further action will be initiated as per the report.
West Siang district medical officer Dr Moli Riba has appealed to the people, especially the sector committees to help the medical team in contact tracing.
Several senior citizens of Aalo have expressed anguish over the event, especially during the pandemic and appealed to the administration to permanently ban such type of activities.