Tripura CM Biplab Drb addressing the media
Tripura CM Biplab Drb addressing the media. Image: Northeast Now

Violation of protocols by the jawans of the two battalion headquarters of Border Security Force (BSF) in Dhalai district in Tripura led to the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

This was said by state Chief Minister Biplab Deb while addressing the media in Agartala on Monday

“Violation of quarantine norms, besides social distancing, spread coronavirus infection among BSF personnel and their family members,” Deb said while sharing the observations made by the National Centre for Disease Control.

Reportedly, of the total 316 COVID-19 cases in Tripura so far, 162 were reported from the BSF’s 86th and 138th battalion headquarters.

The infected included 135 personnel, 26 family members and a mess worker.

Even though they all have recovered, however, they have been kept in extended quarantine as a precautionary measure.

“We have already shared the report of the central expert team with the union home ministry,” Deb said.

He also informed that the 138th BSF battalion commandant was replaced following the outbreak.

Deb said that as several BSF personnel and their family members, who had returned to the state in February and March, did not follow the COVID-19 protocols strictly and this led to the rise in the number of cases.

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