Two accused in Padarayanapura case tested positive for COVID-19

South India

Two of the 54 accused in Padarayanapura vandalism case, who was currently lodged at Ramanagara Jail, have tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening.


Following the confirmation of Covid-19, the district administration immediately shifted the two accused to designate isolation facility at the Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru.

Officials are also identifying the jail staff who were in contact with the accused for quarantining.

According to the report, the 54 accused were kept in various cells with 15-20 people in each cell. 

Before shifting the accused to Ramanagara jail, their blood samples and throat swabs had been collected for testing. 

According to the report from News Agency ANI, the Karnataka Health Department is likely to shift the other accused in Padarayanapura violence to Bengaluru's Haj Bhavan from Ramnagar Jail. 

The shifting of the 54 accused from Parappana Agrahara Central Prison to Ramanagara had created a political controversy as the Ramanagara was categorized as ‘Green Zone’ 

Protesting against the government’s decision a few days ago, former CM and Ramanagara MLA HD Kumaraswamy had warned the state government and officials.

In a series of tweets, Kumaraswamy had said if COVID-19 spreads in Ramanagaram district, which is the green zone, then authorities will be directly liable for the ''future disaster".

“The decision lacks common sense. Government will be responsible if COVID 19 spreads in Ramanagar,” Kumaraswamy had said.

"It is not a prudent decision to keep the rioters who have been subjected to quarantine in Bengaluru, in the green zone of Ramanagara jail. The people of the district are scared. The government should immediately change its decision," he had said.

The Janata Dal (Secular) leader pointed out that 15 people live in the same cell in a jail. He had said cooks and cleaning staff in the prison could contract the virus in case any of COVID-19 carrier is brought here. Instead, he suggested shifting these people in a government building or a hostel in Bengaluru with adequate security.

 “The people and people's representatives of Ramanagar district have strongly objected the decision of shifting. Padarayanapura rioters and have convinced them not to take any protest”, Kumaraswamy had said.

A ruckus erupted in Padarayanapura on Sunday allegedly over the shifting of 15 secondary contacts of corona positive patients to a quarantine facility by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials. 

Padarayanapura is recognised as a 'red zone'. When BBMP officials went to suspected COVID-19 patients, some people created a ruckus, broke the barricade and removed the police post in the area.

Soon after receiving the information, Bengaluru South Deputy Commissioner of Police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.


With inputs from Agency

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