Karnataka willing to open Wayanad, Kannur borders; refuse to unblock Kasaragod border
Kochi: The Advocate General (AG) of Karnataka informed Kerala High Court that they are willing to open the state borders at Wayanad and Kannur which were closed in the backdrop of COVID-19 outbreak. They also informed that they cannot open the roads at Kasaragod border at present.
Karnataka had closed the borders to Kerala after the coronavirus prevention lockdown was implemented. The High Court was hearing the Public Interest Litigation against this move. The court procedures are progressing through video conferencing. The High Court had asked Karnataka AG on Monday to inform their stand on the issue.
Karnataka said that they closed the borders to prevent disease transmission. They added that the High Court has limitations to intervene in the matter as this is an inter-state affair. Meanwhile, Kerala made it clear that the closure of border is mere violation of citizen rights and that the citizens in Kerala are denied treatment and essential supplies due to this.
Kerala also demanded that Karnataka has no right to close the national highway and requested them to open Iritty, Kodagu and Virajpet roads. However, Karnataka informed the court that they will make their stand clear on Wednesday.
Two patients had died as they could not get immediate medical help after the Karnataka borders were closed. The High Court directed while hearing the case that patients should not be blocked at border.