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Tuensang returnees row takes a serious turn; Judicial Inquiry Committee constituted

Tuensang returnees row takes a serious turn; Judicial Inquiry Committee constituted

Kohima, May 30 (NE): The Tuensang returnees row takes a serious turn- the government of Nagaland have constituted a three member Judicial Inquiry Committee on Saturday, May 30, to inquire into the matter.

Voices were growing as political parties, student bodies, Civil organizations joined the chorus and written to Nagaland Chief Minister to fix the accountability of the serious lapse in sending off returnees from Kohima to Tuensang even before the COVID-19 test results were out.

The Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha while briefing on COVID-19 on May 30, 2020 informed that a 3(three) member Judicial Inquiry Committee has been constituted by the State Government to inquire into the matter regarding transportation of the stranded returnees to Tuensang from Kohima on May 26, 2020.

The committee is headed by Shri L. N. Sema, District & Session Judge (Rtd.) as Chairman, Shri Akum Jamir, Advocate and Smt. Yangthsapila Sangtam, Advocate as members, he added.

The terms of reference of the Committee, is to inquire into the circumstances, the logistical arrangements under which the inbound Tuensang returnees were transported to Tuensang and whether the Standard Operating Procedure formulated by the State Government regarding the transportation of the returnees was followed, among others.

The Committee will complete the inquiry and submit its report within 15(fifteen) days from the date of issue of the notification, Sinha stated.

Meanwhile, the Principal Secretary, School Education & SCERT, Menukhol John, holding additional charge of Health & Family Welfare was relieved of Health and Family Welfare Department and Smti. Ahola Those, IAS Commissioner & Secretary, Art and Culture is transferred and posted as Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said a notification issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS on Saturday, May 30.

Tuensang reported it’s first case on May 27, 2020, a returnee from Chennai, who was one of the inbound passengers to Tuensang, Nagaland Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom had informed. It was also reported that the person who tested positive for COVID-19 was released on May 26 along with 168 returnees, from Kohima quarantine centre without getting the COVID-19 test results.

So far, there are 5 active cases of COVID-19 in Tuensang. All the cases are from among the returnees of Chennai, reached Dimapur on May 22, 2020.