Nagpur, May 5 : The Nagpur Municipal Corporation and District Collector on Tuesday refuted claims authorities have illegally detained 1,408 people from two coronavirus hotspots and informed Bombay High Court that only high- risk contact persons have been sent to quarantine facilities.
Justice A S Kilor of the Nagpur bench was hearing a petition filed by local resident Mohammad Nishat, alleging the city civic authorities illegally detained 1,408 people from Satranjipura and Mominpura areas on the ground they were high-risk contacts of those who tested positive for COVID-19. As per the petitioners advocate, Tushar Mandlekar, the authorities randomly picked up 1,408 people and thus, violated the prescribed protocols and guidelines issued by the Central and State governments . Mandlekar argued that only persons found to be coronavirus positive or their high-risk contacts can be detained and quarantined for 14 days.
The 1,408 people detained by authorities do not fall under these categories and hence, detaining them amounts to infringement of their fundamental rights, he said. The Nagpur civic body in its affidavit filed on Tuesday said it has followed all the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research while quarantining people from Satranjipura and Mominpura areas in the city. The civic body after following the guidelines had categorised these persons as being high-risk contacts and only after such identification, they were sent to quarantine facilities.
All the persons detained from these areas are high- risk contacts and as such have been rightly sent to quarantine facilities, the affidavit said. Many of the persons who have been quarantined have tested positive , the civic body said. Nagpur District Collector Ravindra Thakare in his affidavit said all steps taken by the authorities are with the only aim of reducing the spread of COVID-19 and for safeguarding the lives of citizens. (UNI)