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Covid-19 lockdown: Hundreds stranded at Andhra Pradesh-Telangana borders

Hundreds of individuals had been left stranded at numerous checkpoints on the Andhra Pradesh- borders since Wednesday night time as authorities refused to allow them to into the state in view of the lockdown, exposing the communication hole and lack of coordination between the authorities of the 2 States.

After frantic SOS calls by the stranded individuals, together with pregnant ladies and kids, AP authorities lastly agreed to allow them to in, on the situation that they be shifted to a quarantine facility.

While those that accepted the federal government directive had been allowed in, others had been left at the border factors.

As information got here in that the scholar hostels and paying visitor amenities had been being re-opened in Hyderabad, a lot of the college students selected to show again.

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The AP authorities stated in a launch on Thursday morning that 44 individuals who got here from Hyderabad had been shifted to a quarantine facility at Nuzividu.

While some others went again to Hyderabad, over 200 individuals who refused to maneuver into quarantine had been additionally being despatched again, the discharge stated.

“Only those persons with a ‘clean certificate’ for valid medical reasons are being permitted to enter into the state. Others will not be allowed under any circumstances,” the discharge added.

It all started since late Wednesday night when folks began reaching the border checkpoint at Garikapadu on the Highway-64.

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They carried a particular journey allow issued by police authorities in Hyderabad after pupil hostels and paying visitor amenities had been abruptly shut down.

Intervention of the native MLA and Government Whip Samineni Udayabhanu didn’t assist as he blamed lack of coordination between the 2 states authorities for the scenario.

Local Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramana Murthy maintained that for the reason that lockdown was in drive and the inter-state borders have been sealed, no automobile or particular person may very well be allowed into the state.

The stranded passengers confronted extreme hardship as there was no water or meals within the neighborhood.

Also, the panic-stricken passengers had been huddled in a bunch as they awaited some intervention from the higher-ups to finish the deadlock.

Vijayawada Sub-Collector H M Dhyanachandra visited the spot and stated the passengers could be moved to a quarantine facility at Nuzividu, some 40-km away, for isolation and medical examination.

Over 600 folks, together with a number of ladies and kids, set off from Hyderabad in cabs after acquiring particular journey permits from the native police. After a clean trip as much as Garikapadu, the borderline between the 2 states, the autos had been stopped at round 3.30 pm, leaving the passengers stranded.

“We are a group of students and have been asked to vacate our hostels. The Hyderabad police gave us special travel permit to return to our native place and accordingly we hired a cab and started our journey this morning. We were blocked at this place as the AP police are unwilling to let us in,” a pupil stated.

Another particular person stated he was travelling along with his spouse, into her ninth month being pregnant, after a medical check-up in Hyderabad. “Despite our situation, the police are not willing to let us travel to our destination,” he lamented.

The native MLA arrived on the scene and took up the stranded passengers’ case with the police however to no avail.

“Those who were going to Guntur from Hyderabad were allowed via Piduguralla but here they blocked everything. There is a clear lack of coordination between the officials of the two states,” Udayabhanu stated.

He stated the passengers may very well be permitted additional journey after conducting required thermal screening assessments.

The problem was taken to Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s discover however to no avail, because the officers didn’t relent.

On Thursday, Guntur district Joint Collector Dinesh Kumar stated medical groups had been being despatched to the border checkpoints to display the passengers.

“As per rules, the passengers cannot be sent to their villages and they only have to go to a quarantine facility. Only those who agree to this will be allowed into the state,” he stated.

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