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Video: Dubai expat chased down by Kerala Police for violating quarantine

anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 6, 2020
Dubai expat, Kerala Police, violating quarantine

The man had returned home from Dubai three days ago and had stepped out of his house without wearing a mask when he was stopped by the police.

A Dubai expat, who recently returned to the Indian state of Kerala, was chased down by local authorities and moved to an isolation centre on Monday after he violated the mandatory quarantine regulations, local media has reported.

Dramatic scenes unfolded as police and health officials in PPE suits began chasing the unidentified man through the busy St Peter's junction in Pathanamthitta district.

The street chase in full daylight was also live on a Malayalam news channel. The man clad in blue jeans and an orange t-shirt could be seen trying to run away before he was overpowered by the officials. He was later bound to a stretcher and forcibly taken to an isolation centre.

The man had returned home from Dubai three days ago and had stepped out of his house without wearing a mask when he was stopped by the police, according to Kerala media reports.  On questioning, it was understood that the man did not quarantine himself after flying back from the UAE.

Returning non-resident Keralites (NRKs) have to undertake a compulsory 14-day quarantine as per state government regulations.

Khaleej Times is awaiting comments from the Kerala health authorities.

anjana@khaleejtimes.com

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Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.


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