Will not open Kasaragod border; Karnataka reaffirms stand
Kochi: The Advocate General of Karnataka stated in Kerala High Court that they are not willing to open the Kasaragod border. Karnataka made its stand clear while the court was considering the public interest litigation against the closure of Karnataka - Kerala borders following the coronavirus outbreak.
The Karnataka AG argued that the closure of the border need not be perceived as an issue between the states. It was only a move to separate a disease affected place from other places. The state closed borders to Maharashtra and Goa also. It is not practical to screen COVID-19 affected people at the border. Too many people cannot be allowed to enter Mangaluru under present circumstances, the AG stated in the court.
Kerala had pointed out in an affidavit filed on Wednesday that Karnataka's move not to allow even patients to cross the border was merciless. Kerala also pointed out that six people had died as they were denied entry to Mangaluru for treatment. The people of Kasaragod have been seeking medical help from hospitals in Mangaluru for many decades.
There are many patients in the district who need to continue present mode of treatment or advance to further stages of treatment. Kerala filed the affidavit along with the letter forwarded by hospitals in Mangaluru stating that they are ready to treat patients from Kerala. The hearing on the case is continuing. Court proceedings are progressing through video conferencing.