Odisha police on toes to check movement of persons from West Bengal

Baripada: Amid detection of triple mutant variant of Covid-19 in West Bengal, the Odisha Police have intensified checking at border check posts in Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts.

Odisha DGP Abhay today visited Balasore and reviewed COVID enforcement measures, implementation of night curfew, weekend shutdown, functioning of border check posts and preparedness to ramp up police assistance to tackle COVID-19.

As many as two permanent border check posts at Laxmannath and Udaypur, Talasari in Balasore and at Hatibari and Chaksuliapada in Mayurbhanj are active round the clock on Bengal border. Further, 22 temporary check posts have been set up in Balasore and 32 in Mayurbhanj to seal the borders, police sources said.

A total of 7 platoons of OSAP in Balasore and 4 platoons in Mayurbhanj have been deployed to intensify COVID enforcement.

The Odisha government has declared a 14-day mandatory quarantine for those returning from West Bengal. Anyone coming to Odisha from West Bengal by personal or hired vehicles or entering the state in any other mode shall undergo mandatory institutional or paid quarantine for 14 days in cluster TMC to be managed by BDO/EO of urban areas.

However, if anyone coming from the neighbouring state produces the certificate mentioning the concerned person’s successful vaccination (two doses) or RT-PCR negative test report within 48 hours of entering Odisha will be allowed for a 14-day home quarantine.

All passengers coming from West Bengal and alighting at Bhubaneswar Airport or Jharsuguda Airport shall be mandatorily subjected to institutional quarantine or paid quarantine for 14 days at facilities identified/ordered by District Magistrate/Municipal Commissioner.

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