As many as 300 passengers who arrived at Assam’s Silchar airport on Wednesday escaped mandatory testing for Covid-19.
Covid-19 testing was arranged at a government hospital near Silchar airport and passengers were being taken there in buses organized by the health department.
According to concerned officials, around 300 passengers left the airport without getting tested.
District officials in a notification stated that strict action will be taken against them to set an example for other air travelers to take Covid-19 containment measures seriously.
The district administration has decided to lodge FIRs (First Information Reports) against all of them under Section 180 (refusing to sign the statement) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Disaster Management Act for violating Covid protocols.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Cachar district stated that tracing the violators would be easy as they had submitted their contact details while booking their tickets.
The Cachar district DC said that over 700 passengers arrive daily at the Silchar airport. On Wednesday, 690 passengers were listed for the mandatory Covid test. Among those who were tested, six passengers tested positive and were sent to institutional facilities for isolation and treatment.