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19 quarantined drivers escaped from Odisha

Odisha Government is looking at a possible return of more than five lakh migrant workers after May 3. These commuters are straightaway be put in institutional quarantine.

In an unfortunate incident, 19 quarantined persons have escaped from a centre in Raygada district. As per sources, as many as 19 truck drivers from outside states who had been put up in a quarantine centre in Kerada village of the district fled in the wee hours. The 19 people included- Seventeen truck drivers from Punjab and two from Uttar Pradesh, who were stranded in Andhra Pradesh after the 21- day nationwide lockdown was declared on March 24 by PM Modi. “As no passenger was allowed to travel in a goods vehicle, the drivers were restrained from proceeding further,” said Saravana Vivek, SP Rayagada.

Proper arrangements were made for the quarantined people at the centre. However, they managed to flee by breaking one of the windows of the school in the wee hours, stated a police officer. Seskhal police in Rayagada district have registered a case in this regard under Sections 188, 271 and 34 of the IPC and investigation into the matter is on.

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