Kasaragod MP Rajmohan Unnithan on Monday filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against Karnataka closing its borders with Kerala in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The petition demanded that the border should be opened with immediate effect as seven people from Kasargod have already lost lives following the denial of treatment due to highway block by Karnataka.
Explaining further, he said that since Karnataka had blocked roads, the movement of ambulances and other emergency vehicles for patients’ treatment and for the transport of commodities to Kerala had been hindered. He said the people of Kasaragod depended entirely on the medical facilities in Mangaluru.
The petition stated that the blockade was against the Constitution and violated constitutional guarantees such as the right to travel, the right to food, and the right to health care.