Hyderabad: The Telangana Railway Police on Sunday booked cases against five passengers, including two women, for allegedly violating the government's guidelines on home quarantine on return from abroad. The five are primarily charged with the violation of using public transport in defiance of the quarantine restrictions aimed at checking the spread of Coronavirus.

According to Superintendent of Railway Police B Anuradha, all passengers, who came from abroad, are checked with thermal screening devices and some of them had been advised home quarantine and also marked with stamping.

"They (those stamped on their hands along with the date up to which the quarantine is to be observed) should not use public transport. But these five came to railway stations and boarded trains (to reach their destinations) on Saturday and Sunday, " the official said.

They were caught from various places of the state (while travelling) and shifted to different hospitals.

The five home quarantine passengers including one with suspected symptoms of Coronavirus, and belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh were detained after fellow passengers alerted the authorities.

They had travel history to Nigeria, US, Indonesia, Australia and Dubai. Cases were registered against them under relevant sections of IPC and The Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, which the Telangana government invoked in the state on Saturday pertaining to violations of the state government's order to prevent COVID 19, the official said.

Health officials earlier said any person who has returned from any foreign country or has been in transit shall volunteer for home quarantine for 14 days from the time of arrival in India, irrespective of having any symptoms or not. (IANS)

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