Video grab of inmates at Churachandpur quarantine centre dancing closely neglecting social distancing norms Credit: Facebook

Churachandpur: Manipur police on Monday said that an investigation will be carried out against those alleged inmates who were seen partying and dancing at the quarantine center in Churachandpur district ignoring the social distancing norms recently.

Speaking to EastMojo, superintendent of police (SP) Churachandpur Amrita Sinha said, “We have received the report and seen in videos where some of the inmates partied inside the quarantine center.”

She further said, “However, since the center is manned by volunteers and we are there to provide security, where no unauthorised entry and exit should take place at the center, those involved will be questioned and strict action will be taken after completion of their 14 days’ quarantine period and another 14 days’ for home quarantine.”

For now, the inmates have been given strict warning and asked to follow all standing norms issued by WHO and health experts.

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At present, there are around 25 persons arrived by flight at the center. However, police are yet to ascertain whether all the inmates were involved in the action, said reports.

Earlier, as per reports, district magistrate Pawan Yadav was supposed to conduct an inquiry into the incident.

As per reports, the incident happened last week at Bimala Raina Government High School quarantine center in Churachandpur district headquarters where few returnees, who are undergoing quarantine at the center, played loud music on the open space and were dancing while holding hands completely ignoring the physical distancing and other quarantine guidelines to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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Later, the video which went viral on social media raised many eyebrows from the users and criticised those inmates for allegedly involved in partying and dancing to music at night, that too during the medical emergency crisis.

At present, the district administration is running at least 84 quarantine centers in the district and housing around 3,000 returnees.

Moreover, the district has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Manipur with 34, of which 16 already recovered from the virus.

As on June 7, the total number of confirmed cases for novel in Manipur has soared to 172.

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