Screenshot of a photo doing the rounds on WhatsApp groups, claiming that another COVID patient was detected in Tinsukia Credit: EastMojo image

Tinsukia: A soft-hearted waiter, Bajrang Tandia, landed himself into a quarantine facility after he helped a quarantined woman in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday.

The incident unfolded in a dramatic manner at Gopala Residency — a hotel turned into institutional quarantine centre. It took a police team to nab the waiter from Siding Bazar in Tinsukia town. Later, he was handed over to the officials at the testing centre.

Confirming the development, officer-in-charge of Tinsukia police station Nitul Das said that the youth, who worked as a waiter in the hotel, helped a woman by lending his phone to let her speak to her family.

Since he came into direct contact with the returnee, whose tests results are awaited, we nabbed him from Siding Bazar close to the hotel, and handed him over to the officials at the testing centre at Manav Kalyan Bhawan,” added Das.

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The woman, a returnee from outside the state, was put into institutional quarantine, after her swabs were collected for testing.

The owner of the hotel, Sanjay Kumar Jalan, said that the woman, hailing from Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, was allotted room number 104 on Sunday. “She didn’t have a mobile phone and took my help to speak to her father the day she checked in,” he said.

“My staff informed me that he gave his mobile phone to the woman in 104. When I called his number, a woman received the call and instantly disconnected the line,” Jalan said, adding, “I spoke to Tandia on the other number and directed him to take back the mobile phone and stay away from persons quarantined.”

On Wednesday noon, my staff informed me that he again went inside the room number 104 on the pretext of giving his mobile phone and remained there for sometime. “On confronting, Tandia told me that the woman belongs to her community and he wanted to help her in getting connected with her family. Soon ,he fled through the ventilator of the generator set room after which we informed the police,” Jalan said.

Meanwhile, someone posted on Facebook that a positive case has been found in Siding Bazar. Soon, someone took the screenshot of the post and forwarded it on a WhatsApp group, creating panic.

An official from NHM clarified that no new positive case was found in Tinsukia on Wednesday. “The youth caught by the police has been put into institutional quarantine till his test results are out,” the official added.

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