Silchar Airport.

Around 300 passengers, who had arrived at south Assam’s Silchar airport, reportedly escaped from the airport to evade the mandatory testing for the Covid-19.

Cachar district ADC Sumit Sattawan said that they are collecting details of all the air passengers and necessary legal action would be initiated against them.

“Action would be taken against the evading air passengers under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience to order),” Sattawan told reporters in Silchar on Thursday.

The Cachar district administration has launched an investigation into the matter.

Airport and health department sources said that of the 690 passengers, who had arrived from six different flights at the Silchar airport on Wednesday, only 189 passengers underwent the Covid tests and six were found to be positive.

“According to our airport records little over 300 people have moved out without mandatory testing. However, every person is traceable as they board and unboard after showing their identity cards,” an airport official said.

The health department has arranged Covid-testing for the flyers at a nearby hospital and made available transportation but the little over 300 passengers escaped from these arrangements.

The Assam government, on Wednesday partially modifying its earlier SOP, has made 7-day home quarantine mandatory for the people coming to Assam by flights and trains even if the result of their Covid test is negative.

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