Six people given shelter in Matigara block office after locals protest setting up of COVID-19 shelter home in the locality

Siliguri, 24th May: Keeping in mind the safety of the migrant workers who returned home recently from other states, the block administration had decided to convert Matigara Harasundar High School into a shelter home. In view of this, the residents of the Matigara Palpara area staged a protest, last night, and claimed that setting up a shelter home in the school can easily spread the deadly virus in the locality.

As per the information, six residents of the said area returned home from a different state recently. They went through screening and have been advised to stay in home quarantine. However, since they live in congested houses, they have no proper space to quarantine themselves and hence urged the administration to arrange a shelter home for them. In response to their request, the block administration made arrangements to provide them shelter in Matigara Harasundar High School.

After the matter came to light, the locals expressed outrage over it and staged demonstrations. With no other choice left, the six of them were then provided shelter in the block office.

In this context, Matigara BDO Runu Roy, on Sunday, stated that as the six residents had no proper space for quarantining themselves, they urged the administration to arrange a shelter home for them. However, after the locals staged a protest over setting up a shelter home in the said school, they are now kept in the block office and every facility is being provided to them.

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