Covid halts journey of 1,400 Andhra fishermen at Karnataka border

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Bengaluru: Covid has halted the journey of 1,400 fishermen who were returning home to Andhra Pradesh from Mangaluru and Udupi districts in Karnataka.

The fishermen are from Chittoor, Prakasham and Guntur districts in Andhra Pradesh and were employed in fishing and allied activities near Mangaluru.

When fishing activities came to a halt following the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown, they decided to go to their hometowns.

After getting an approval from the fisheries department in Mangaluru, they started their journey. They left Mangaluru late Friday evening and after crossing 11 toll plazas, they arrived at Nangali village in Kolar district on the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border on Saturday. Here they were halted with Andhra Pradesh officials taking the stand that they should be first quarantined for 14 days before entering the State.

The fishermen sat on a dharna near the toll plaza, demanding permission to go home. But as AP put its foot down, Kolar district authorities decided to provide them shelter in a government building.

The men later underwent a medical examination. As per government norms, these fishermen would be kept in isolation for 14 days and arrangements would be made to send them home, officials said.

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