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Following refusal by some passengers to undergo obligatory medical investigation and quarantine
IC 448 flight on Leh- Srinagar sector diverted, Bar Association files PIL



Leh(Ladakh), March 19, (Scoop News)-Air India flight operating on Leh – Srinagar sector IC 448 on Wednesday had to be diverted after its passengers reportedly refused to undergo the requisite 14 day quarantine period.

“They deliberately discourage us from visiting Kashmir,” charged Rigzin Stanzin, a traveler. He said “they fear that every Ladakhi is infected with corona virus.”

Over 100 passengers boarded on the Air India flight on Leh- Srinagar sector as diverted back to Rinpoche Koshuk Bakola Airport at Leh after some passengers declined to undergo compulsory quarantine period.

Stanzin said the flight hovered over the Srinagar International Airport for some time after a small group of passengers refused to undergo essential quarantine period at Srinagar and the flight returned to Leh Airport.

Incidentally, 85 persons arrived at Srinagar and have been lodged in a hotel on the banks of Dal Lake for quarantine, informed sources said.

They said that passengers will be screened and quarantined. They have to undergo preliminary medical investigations and there will be no “compromise on this issue.”

Surprisingly, eight persons have tested positive so far in the region and most of them have a travel history to Iran.

Meanwhile, Bar Association- Srinagar filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Common Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court seeking direction upon the administration for taking preventive measures against corona virus in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh even as imploring that “over 100 suspected corona virus affected passengers,” who have reportedly travelled in Leh- Srinagar flight putting the life of others to risk.

“It is apprehended that if these passengers are affected or require further medical investigation, they are likely to endanger of all other persons who will come in contact with them which include airline staff and security personnel,” reads the Bar affidavit.

“It becomes imperative that the travel to the Valley is subjected to serious medical checks at airports, bus stations, railway stations etc,” it read.

The Bar submitted that its application may be allowed and in the light of supplication made and further direction be passed in the interest of justice.

The sources said the UT administration has ordered that no person from Ladakh region will be permitted to enter the Valley by road or air. As per the order passengers who have ‘certified documents from the competent medical authority of completing compulsory quarantine period at the place of origin shall be permitted to enter.

Interestingly, a similar order was issued by the divisional authorities of Ladakh in view of opening of 434 kilometre long Srinagar- Leh highway by March end. ahead of the schedule.
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