Sunday turned out to one of those days where Bengaluru health officials had to face the violent section of the society. On the roads, beating them black and blue & chasing them down the streets only because the health officials were too concerned to quarantine those infected in Padarayanapura.
Monday morning, the state government allegedly took action against all those who ruthlessly tailgated and thrashed the health officials. The saddest part in this quarantine case is that the cops were brutally hit too.
59 in number, the minority-dominated in the Padarayanapura were arrested when they went to quarantine some people in there.
“Fifty-nine people have been arrested (in Padarayanapura) and have been taken into custody. The people attacked the officials who had gone to quarantine some people who were the primary and secondary contacts of three COVID-19 patients,” a police officer said.
The circumstance on Sunday
A large number of people, mostly youth from the minority community poured on to the road on Sunday and thrashed the health workers who had gone to quarantine some people who were the primary and secondary contacts of the health workers.
The officials were allegedly beaten black and blue. Some local residents who went to the rescue of these officials were also thrashed.
According to police, one among the arrested is a woman by name Firoza who had allegedly instigated the mob to attack the health and police officials.
The immediate action
Consequences prevailed and a large number of policemen were deployed in the square to forestall any violent incident or outbreaks! There are strict orders to quarantine those who are suspected of COVID -19. The police carried out a flag march while blowing sirens in the area.
The police commissioner of Bengaluru, Bhaskar Rao called the chief minister, B S Yediyurappa reporting the situation in Padayarayanapura.
He also reported that in the violent outburst the locals who tried to defend the officials were also injured. Further, this outbreak drew attention from close quarters.
Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said an incident like the one at Padayarayanapura will not be tolerated.
“I met Chief Minister and briefed him about the incident. He has told us to act strictly. I have told the same to my officials. We won’t tolerate such acts by anyone. We have arrested 59 people. Five FIRs have been registered,” the minister told reporters.
Bommai reprimanded certain senior police officials for not being present on field during such a violent treachery.
“Where were you? What were you doing when the incident happened?” he questioned a senior police officer.
“We will demonstrate to the people what is containment zone, what is seal down and what is police action,” he said.
Condemning the incident, Health Minister B Srimulu warned those who indulged in such activities.
“The inhuman act of attacking police and health workers in Padarayanapura is highly deplorable. Our government will take appropriate step against those indulging in the attack on health officials and police officials who had gone there to protect them,” he tweeted.
The MPs’ reactions!
Many politicians across the sectors fired up and lashed back through tweeting. Some of them include, BJP’s firebrand MP Shobha Karandlaje, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy & Congress state president D K Shivakumar.
The Congress MLA from the area B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan while condemning the incident, sought to know why the health workers and police officials went to the area late in the night and not in the morning.
“Why did the police and the health workers go in the night when I had told the BBMP Commissioner that I will take them at 10 am?” Khan told reporters.
Defending those who attacked the government officials, Khan said they were uneducated labourers who didn’t know what they were doing.
Padarayanapura and Bapuji Nagar were among the first areas to be completely sealed as people were not abiding by the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.