Amidst panic over coronavirus, Kerala hits Karnataka over restrictions in border

While the nation is struggling to avoid a massive disaster on coronavirus pandemic, Kerala has sparked controversy hitting Karnataka on border issues. Karnataka had closed its borders with Kerala for vehicular traffic in the wake of six people testing positive for coronavirus in Kasargod district of Kerala, which lies on the border of Karnataka.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to the Prime Minister expressing his dissatisfaction over the Karnataka government’s action to close the Karnataka border. “This is an important route for freight transport to Kerala. With the announcement of a nationwide lockdown, the state government is taking measures to prevent food shortages in Kerala,” the letter said. The chief minister also requested Prime Minister for intervening in the issue.

However, Karnataka has repeatedly said it would not open the border to Kerala. The authorities point out that the initially marked as Covid-19 cases from Dakshina Kannada, turned to be residents of Kasaragod. This step was taken in light of the entry of a large number of patients from Kasaragod leading to crowding of hospitals, Member of Parliament (MP) Nalin Kumar Kateel said.

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