Those entering Sikkim illegally to be charged with Sec 370 of IPC, 79 stranded residents returned

Those entering Sikkim illegally to be charged with Sec 370 of IPC
Gangtok: An attempt to murder case under Section 307 of the IPC will be registered against those who enter Sikkim illegally during the lockdown period, said chief minister PS Golay on Wednesday.
“If anyone, out of fear of having to spend 14 days in quarantine, crosses the border illegally, we will take action and book that person under Section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder). We are using this strong IPC section because the person who illegally crosses the border may be infected (with coronavirus) and could infect others also. We will view that they entered Sikkim illegally with a purpose to infect others and hence book them in attempt to murder case,” said the chief minister during a press conference.
Sikkim Police is intensively manning the inter-state borders and people should refrain from crossing the border in an illegal manner. Do not enter Sikkim with misleading statements or in a clandestine manner and the government will not be responsible if the police takes a stern action, cautioned the chief minister.
Come through Rangpo and Melli check posts with proper documents and we will take you to the quarantine centre with full protection and arraignments, appealed Golay.
On the continuation of stranded people being brought to the state, the CM said, "We will be bringing back all those stranded Sikkimese in a phased manner. There will be no discrimination. As a precautionary manner, all the returnee are institutional quarantined and not home quarantined. Eased out restrictions shouldn't be taken for granted, appropriate action shall be taken against any business establishment or individuals found flouting with the rules, and the complete lockdown could be imposed".
"We are working very hard to ensure Sikkim stays a state with zero COVID-19 cases but in case of unfortunate event, I assure my Sikkimese brethren that the Government is fully prepared. Several floors in New STNM has been dedicated for Covid-19 patients. We have more than 200 beds ready with 40 isolation beds for positive cases, 57 ventilators, 5 TrueNat testing machines with over 400 testing kits", he stated.
COVID-19 lab at STNM hospital is slated to be fully functional from May 15 with positive confirmatory tests being done in the State itself, thereafter. "I plead with everyone to stay safe at home, go out only for essential work. The battle against the Pandemic is not over. A total of 5715 Sikkimese stranded in other parts of the nation have done registration with the Sikkim government till today morning for coming back to their home state. They include student (1,427), patients (201), medical workers (227) and others (3859)," said Golay claiming phase wise facilitation of those stranded appealing them to have patience.
He informed that a total of 180 people of Sikkim stranded in Siliguri were scheduled to reach Sikkim on Wednesday in SNT buses. "At the final hour, many persons cancelled for reasons not known to us and today more than 80 persons are coming. They will be medically tested and sent to quarantine", he said.
With controversy engulfing the Sikkimese students studying in Kota, Rajasthan entering the State yesterday, the same day when the first batch of Sikkimese students and others were brought from Siliguri in SNT buses. Golay clarified, “Questions are coming in social media that why the 19 Sikkimese students from Kota were brought to Sikkim and why not other students stranded elsewhere? The initiative to send the Sikkimese students studying at Kota was taken by the institute at Kota and the Rajasthan government and at the expenses of the institute and the Rajasthan government".
He informed that the students of other States studying in Kota have already been taken back home by their State governments and only the Sikkimese students were remaining stranded there.
“When the institute itself reserve the buses and the Rajasthan government takes the initiative to send our students up to Siliguri, it is our responsibility to receive our students at Siliguri. The Sikkim government did not spend any money on their transportation.”
The chief minister stressed that the State government is not discriminating any Sikkimese stranded in other parts of the country due to the lockdown.

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First batch of 79 stranded Sikkim residents return to state: CM

 Gangtok, May (PTI) The first batch of 79 stranded Sikkim residents have returned to the state, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said on Wednesday.

Most of the returnees were stranded in West Bengal and Rajasthan''s Kota due to the lockdown. They were ferried from Siliguri in 10 state transport buses since Tuesday night, he told reporters here.
Special trains carrying stranded persons from Kota had recently reached neighbouring West Bengal.
"The returnees, mostly students, professionals, patients and their attendants, went through screening and health check-up at border check-posts. They will undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days, before being sent to their homes," Tamang said.
A total of 5,715 stranded persons from Sikkim have registered themselves with the state government''s portal for returning to their homes, he said.
"We will facilitate the return of all the stranded persons in a phased manner and none will be left behind," Tamang said.
However, those attempting to enter the state without undergoing mandatory screening at border check posts will face strict action including registering of cases by the police, he said.
On the Sikkim government''s preparedness to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak, Tamang said two floors of a state-run hospital at Sokeythang near Gangtok have been designated as a COVID-19 facility.
"The facility has a total capacity of 250 beds, including a 40-bed isolation ward and a 20-bed ICU.
"Fifty seven ventilators have been installed and the facility will be equipped with 500 TrueNot testing kits and 2,800 mobile testing kits, of which 1,440 have been dispatched to the medical establishment," he said.
The state''s first coronavirus testing laboratory will be functional from May 15, Tamang said.
On the lockdown''s impact on the economy of Sikkim, the chief minister said the state government will soon set up an Economic Revival Committee to deal with the situation. PTI KDK ACD ACD

 

An attempt to murder case under Section 307 of the IPC will be registered against those who enter Sikkim illegally during the lockdown period, said chief minister PS Golay on Wednesday. “If anyone, out of fear of having to spend 14 days in quarantine, crosses the border illegally, we will

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