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100 persons quarantined at a Lal Chowk hotel complain of unhygienic conditions

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“I will certainly look into the issue and also take up the matter with Deputy Commissioner Srinagar” – Rohit Kansal

Srinagar: A group of around hundred people who have been kept in quarantine care at JKTDC run Lala Rukh Hotel at Lal Chowk accused the authorities of putting their lives at grave risk as the segregation centre they alleged lacks all facilities required someone exposed to infection.

The COVID-19 suspects who were directly brought to Lala Rukh hotel from Srinagar International Airport on Tuesday claimed that the hotel management has provided single room with common bed and washroom to two persons.

They said the authorities have put their lives at grave risk by keeping them in a place like Lal Rukh Hotel which miserably lacks basic quarantine ‘facilities’ for suspected cases.

“On one hand the administration asks people to take all precautions to avoid contracting infection while on the other, suspected cases in quarantine centers are treated as cattle. Come and see what facilities are provided to us,” said a female COVID-19 suspect.

She said more or less hundred people comprising men, women and elderly person’s lives in a pathetic condition at Lala Rukh quarantine care facility.

“Two persons share common room, common bed and blanket. We are yet suspects, but if the condition remains same we would certainly contract infection due to extreme negligence of the authorities and hotel management as well,” she added.

When contacted, Government Spokesman, Rohit Kansal said that he will certainly look into the issue and take up the matter with Deputy Commissioner Srinagar for cognizance.

“I will certainly look into the issue and also take up the matter with Deputy Commissioner Srinagar. Will forward this information to DC concerned for cognizance,” Kansal told ‘Kashmir Images’.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary however did not respond to the repeated calls and messages from this reporter.

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