Imphal: Following reports of fresh cases of COVID-19 positive cases being reported in Manipur, a 48-hour shutdown has been enforced in Senapati district starting from 6 am on Monday as a precautionary measure to contain further transmission of the virus. The curfew will continue till 6 am, of May 20.
The decision was taken on Sunday during an emergency meeting of the district-based frontal organisations comprised of Naga People’s Organisation (NPO), Senapati District Students’ Organisation (SDSO), Senapati District Women Association (SDWA) and presidents of five tribes’namely, Poumai, Mao, Maram, Thangal and Zeliangrong Senapati Zone.
However, medical, fire brigade, media, permit holders and stranded persons entering Manipur will be exempted from the curfew.
According to the Senapati frontal organisations representative, 36 returnees from Mumbai who were travelling in private vehicles spent a night in the district headquarters on May 13. They were hosted by the district administrator before heading for Imphal on the next day exposing the community to infection as two persons from the group tested COVID-19 positive on May 16.
The district CSOs are miffed at the deputy commissioner and accused him of ‘utter negligence’.
The CSOs have also submitted an ultimatum to chief minister N Biren Singh and sought an ‘immediate suspension’ of the district deputy commissioner Salam from his service for neglecting and flouting all norms and quarantine protocols issued by the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The organisations have threatened an agitation if their demands are not met.
The CSOs alleged that the district administrator not only allowed the 36 stranded passengers from Mumbai to pass Mao Gate during a no entry hour but also endangered many lives. He is accused of hosting dinner for the night at a non-designated quarantine centre, the multipurpose hall located near DC complex.
As per the CSOs, families residing nearby the DC complex expressed concern as most passengers were allowed to move freely and given access to ATMs, tea stalls and shops.
They have demanded a government inquiry into the whole incident and wanted the district administrator booked under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005.
EastMojo correspondent tried to reach out to the district administrator for his comment, but, he was unreachable.
On May 14, 36 stranded citizens, including 14 cancer survived patients, reached home from Mumbai by one hired bus and an ambulance.