Migrant workers resting in the quarantine centre of a tea garden Credit: Twitter

Tinsukia: Five migrant workers who entered Assam from Nagaland have been allegedly quarantined in a deplorable facility at a tea estate in Jorhat district.

The workers – Tanuj Dosad, Bikash Bapti, Binay Tanti, Rakesh Boraik and Bhai Bawri – walked over a hundred km and reached on Tuesday.

According to the latest developments, all five workers are sent to Sungi Kohar quarantine centre in Jorhat on Friday afternoon.

Talking to EastMojo, deputy commissioner of Jorhat Roshani A Korati said, the five workers came from Nagaland, a green zone. “Hence, they were screened medically and advised home quarantine.”

“They were found to be roaming around and so were told to stay in the quarantine centre of the tea garden, which, as the photo suggests, is unhygienic,” Korati said, adding, “They will be shifted to institutional quarantine on Friday.”

Responding to a question, Korati said, facility quarantine is kept for symptomatic or those coming from red zone areas. EastMojo had questioned why were they were not put into institutional quarantine, and rather asked to stay in the quarantine centre of the tea garden, when they were found violating home quarantine orders.

Korati said, “We will serve the tea garden a notice regarding the unhygienic condition of the quarantine centre and take necessary action.”

The matter came to light after the editor of a regional news channel tweeted the picture of the abandoned home being used as a quarantine centre by the tea garden.

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