Andhra's Gundimeda villagers oppose COVID-19 quarantine centre

South India

The locals were protesting against the district administration's move to shift about 30 people, who were primary contacts of people who tested positive for the coronavirus, to the centre in the village. 

Tension prevailed at Gundimeda village under Tadepalli mandal in Gundur district of Andhra Pradesh late Sunday night with locals objecting to a quarantine facility in the village fearing spread of coronavirus.

A couple of people who were brought to the facility and also a policeman were injured in the attack by the villagers, according to an Indian Express report.

The trouble erupted when the police and health department officials brought about 30 persons, who were primary contacts of COVID-19 positive patients, to the 230-bed hostel on the outskirts of the village identified by the district administration as a quarantine centre at Gundimeda.

Police officials said that villagers had not raised any objection when the matter was discussed with them earlier and later the centre was disinfect and cleaned.

While 36 persons were walking towards the facility after boarding the bus, villagers in large numbers reached there and prevented them from entering the facility.

Police tried to convince them that some of the contacts were from their village too and read out the names of locals who were being shifted to the facility but the locals did not budge and attacked the police and the contacts hurling stones and chilli powder.

Additional force was sent to Gundimeda and cops disbursed agitating mob from the quarantine centre. Police picket has been set up in the village as a precautionary measure.

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