A total of 84 people from Manipur, who remained stranded in Guwahati, returned to Imphal on Saturday.

The stranded people reached Imphal, the state capital of Manipur, in four buses which were sent by the Manipur government to take them to their home state.

A media report quoted officials as saying that the stranded people stayed at Manipur Bhavan in Guwahati due to the nationwide lockdown in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

All the people were screened for COVID19 symptoms at Mao Gate in Manipur at the inter-state border with Nagaland.

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Officials said the returnees will be kept under quarantine at a facility in Imphal West district.

As a safety measure, the samples of all the returnees will be tested for COVID19, the report further quoted officials as saying.

Manipur health minister L Jayantakumar Singh welcomed the stranded people as soon as they arrive in Imphal.

The report quoted the health minister as saying: “As per protocol, they will be quarantined for 14 days.”

On Wednesday, the Manipur government had issued a transit/movement pass to bring back the Manipuri people stranded in Guwahati.

The four buses along with a driver and a handyman each left Imphal at around 5.30 pm on Wednesday.

The principal secretary to general administration department (GAD) and transport, P Vaiphei had handed over 500 bottles of hand sanitisers and face masks for use at Manipur Bhavan in Guwahati and by the stranded passengers.

Packaged drinking water was also handed over to the drivers.

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