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60 Nepalese Quarantined In Katra, India


By Shivasankar Mishra, BARA: Following the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19, around sixty Nepali devotees who were travelling to Vaisno Devi temple have been quarantiend at Katra of India.

The Indian Police have been kept the devotees in high supervision since three days.

The devotees had left for their religious tour to Vaisno Devi on March 7 from Kalaiya, Birgunj.

Shrawan Rayamajhi, one among the travelers said that the Police held them from Katra Railway station of Jammu, Kashmir.

“As soon as we got off the train, the Indian Police held us,” another Nepali, Hridayanath Karna said. “Constant health check-ups are being conducted upon us since three days.”

“In presence of the police personnel, a team of doctors check our body temperature, blood pressure and cough two times in a day,” he said.

“Although the police have not misbehaved with us, we are told that we will be out from the quarantine only after 14 days,” said Karna while talking to our correspondent on mobile phone.

Rayamajhi said, “Even though we have been kept in a well facilitated quarantine, we have been facing difficulties as we aren’t allowed to get out of the quarantine.”

Bharat Raj Poudel, Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that he wasn’t informed about the issue.

“It is not safe to travel anywhere during the outbreak of pandemic virus, unless it is urgent,” said Poudel. “It is a matter of course to be kept in quarantine during the global emergency.”

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