Residents oppose testing, pelt cops with stones - ECAS Punjab

Residents oppose testing, pelt cops with stones

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Tribune News Service
Sangrur, August 26

Residents of the Dheha colony in Dirba pelted police officials with stones when they went to the area with Health Department authorities for sampling. The colony had been declared a micro-containment zone as five persons had tested positive.

Though none suffered any injury, the police have started investigations while the department officials have been trying to convince the residents for testing.

"Area residents manhandled the department staff after our team asked them for their samples to prevent the further spread of Covid in the area. Residents also pushed our officials and pelted them with bricks and stones," Dr Aarti Pandov, Senior Medical Officer of a Dirba hospital, said.

She said as the area had been declared a micro-containment zone, a special team had gone there for collecting samples of all residents.

ASI Sat Parkash said: "We will register a case against all those who pelted the police team with stones and our investigation is going on."

However, area residents alleged that the Health Department had been harassing them on the pretext of sampling and they would not allow the testing of any asymptomatic patient.

from The Tribune

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