Didn’t obey govt orders; family stranded between checkposts in forest near Kerala-Karnataka border
Sulthan Bathery: A family of five arriving from Karnataka has been stranded at the Kerala-Karnataka borders after they ignored government orders. On Saturday, they arrived near Muthanga from Bengaluru but was denied entry to Kerala. Mattannoor native Faizal, his aunt, her daughter and her two grandchildren have been stuck between the checkposts as Karnataka also didn’t allow them to re-enter.
As the team deployed at the checkpost informed, sub Collector and officials arrived here and asked them to return. Though they tried to go back, Karnataka authorities also denied entry.
Since then, they have been stuck in the forest region between the checkposts without enough supply of food, water and basic amenities. They tried to enter Kerala via Muthanaga as road was closed at Makkoottam.
With the lockdown in force and borders of states closed, people are still arriving at the checkposts creating headache to Wayanad district administration. Collector had strictly said that no one will be allowed to enter the state during lockdown and Malayalis in Karnataka should remain there. However, many people are arriving here daily.
Until, last day, though blocked at first, they were allowed to enter the state on compassion.
On Wednesday, around 300 ppeople from Karnataka were denied entry at the Muthanga, Bavali checkposts. Later they were allowed to enter Wayanad but have been shifted to isolation centres.
However, with large number of people arriving officials have decided to strictly ban entry to the state. Only goods transportation are allowed through the checkpost.