The vehicle in which the trio traveled to Tinsukia from Bongaigaon, an orange zone, in Assam Credit: EastMojo image

Tinsukia: Three persons traveling from Bongaigaon to Tinsukia have been put in quarantine and their swab samples collected for COVID-19 testing.

The development comes days after Bongaigaon was classified as an orange zone following the detection of COVID-19 positive cases in the lower Assam district. The trio – Mizanur Rahman, Abul Manzar Islam, and Mrinal Islam – traveled in the car following a letter by the divisional engineer of Northeast Frontier Railway.

The letter dated May 5, 2020 addressed to Abul Mazrar Islam gave him seven days’ notice under clause 62 of standard general conditions of the contract to commence work or to make good progress.

The letter which allowed them to report immediately and to cut and chop trees on both sides of the railway tracks from the office of the Divisional Railway Manager, NF Railway, Tinsukia

A source in the railways said that the trio reported to the PWI office of the railways at Hijuguri in Tinsukia town. “They showed the letter and informed that they have been asked to report immediately to cut and chop trees on both sides of the railway tracks. Hence, they have come from Bongaigaon immediately after the receipt of this letter,” the source added.

“One of the railway employees asked them whether they have medical fitness certificate and permission from district administration as they are traveling from an orange zone district,” the source said, added, “They failed to show any such certificate and permission from local administration to enter the district after which someone informed the authorities and they were whisked away.”

Talking to EastMojo, Tinsukia deputy commissioner Bhaskar Pegu said, “They were put in quarantine and their swab samples were collected for coronavirus testing. The trio have tested negative,” Pegu said, adding, “They will be released tomorrow and sent back to Bongaigaon.”

As per the latest MHA order, inter-district movement from orange zone (outside containment zones) are allowed for permitted activities, he added.

It is, however, not clear whether they had carried valid permissions from the authorities concerned for outward travel from an orange zone.

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