Karnataka: Quarantined man claims gross mismanagement by authorities

A man, quarantined at a hotel in Bengaluru, has accused Karnataka authorities of grossly mismanaging people coming in from different states and being put up for 14-day quarantine.

In a series of tweets, Aravind claimed that he had to pay extra for a budget hotel accommodation with poor food, sanitation and other services. He claimed that even as the authorities promised that people who would test negative would be allowed to go after day 3 or quarantine, no one has taken their sample.

Aravind had arrived in Bengaluru on Rajdhani Express from New Delhi on May 15. Around 150 passengers on that train protested against the Karnataka government’s decision to move them into institutional quarantine. Nineteen of them then decided to head back to New Delhi after an extra coach was attached to the same train.

Now, one individual who is undergoing institutional quarantine in Bengaluru has taken to social media to lambast the authorities saying they are cheating the people. He narrates his experience in a series of tweets detailing what all he along with others are going through.

Aravind initially says that everything was alright. He says, upon arriving in Bengaluru, they were safely escorted to the help desks. But the trouble started soon after.

As the quarantine facilities tariff shocked him, he chose a low budget option. He says that they were assured that if after the tests they are found negative, they would be allowed to go home.

Now it gets interesting because he writes that the hotel was notified very late and that people were not sure if the place was properly sanitised.

Aravind had decided to book a low-budget room that was about Rs 750 per person inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner and all taxes. But he says he was asked to pay Rs 1800 exclusive of taxes and share it with another person. He was also informed by the hotel people that there will be no medical test conducted at the premises.

Aravind released a video showing his frustration. He says in Tamil, “First they said it’s a low budget hotel. It is not. It is a budget hotel. According to the listing, it is Rs 1400. Now you are saying Rs 1800? Correct? Are there any other changes? Any other story or explanation?”

Aravind claimed that after having been stuck in Uttrakhand for 53 days due to the lockdown, he was hoping to come back home to new opportunities but he was met with further trouble.

On May 18, Arvind wrote that BBMP officials visited them and only checked families/kids lodged in the hotel. He then tweeted, “Fair enough. When enquired about the medical test, we were told that it would be conducted on 12th day of the quarantine? What’s the logic here? Are you guys waiting for us to get infected?”

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