On Sunday, the Assam Police launched a major search operation to apprehend approximately 500 people who fled the state’s Jagiroad railway station without taking the necessary Covid exam, officials said.
According to police and health officials, approximately 500 passengers from south Indian states overwhelmed health officials at the railway station and fled, causing panic in the city, which is approximately 60 kilometres from Guwahati.
According to police, the majority of the approximately 500 passengers, including women and girls, were migrant workers who travelled on the Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express, which began in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu and travelled via Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal over five days.
After travellers disembarked from the train, police and health officers were only able to detain a few.
Sunday’s incident seemed to be a repeat of a similar incident recorded last month at southern Assam’s Silchar airport, in which over 600 passengers evaded required Covid-19 checking after arriving at the airport in separate planes.
The Health Department had paid for Covid monitoring and transportation for the aircraft passengers at a local facility, but over 600 passengers fled.
The Assam government modified its earlier SOP last month, mandating a seven-day home quarantine for people arriving in Assam via flights or trains, regardless of the outcome of their Covid exam. Government employees, those traveling for medical purposes, residents of other northeastern states, and those experiencing bereavement are excluded, according to the SOP.