'Sprayed Migrants With Soap Water, Not Bleach': Kerala Officials Claim Following Criticism

The group of about 40 bikers were sprayed with the liquid at a check-post on the Kerala-Karnataka border in Muthanga, over a week ago.

31 March 2020 12:23 PM GMT
Editor : Prateek Gautam | By : Reethu Ravi

Image Credits: The New Indian Express

Close on the heels of outrage after a shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh, where a group of migrant workers were sprayed with bleach amid the coronavirus pandemic, a video surfaced on social media of officials spraying a liquid on bikers at a check post on the Kerala-Karnataka border to "disinfect" them. However, the Kerala fire department claimed that the spray they used was a mixture of soap and water.

"Over a week ago when fears of COVID-19 were building up, some forest and police personnel on the Kerala-Karnataka border sought the help of local Fire and Rescue Services personnel to disinfect the area. Since soap was believed to be a good defence against the virus, it was sprayed on some people. But then we immediately instructed all units to ask people to use soap or sanitiser themselves and practise good hygiene," A. Hemachandran, Director General of Police, Fire and Rescue Services, told The Hindu.

"It was just one incident," he added.

Sharing the video Twitter, the Bharatiya Janata Party's national spokesperson Amit Malviya had said, "This is Kerala, where agencies are mass 'spraying' people crossing borders. But all the outrage is reserved for UP, because a saffron clad monk of the BJP is the Chief Minister and is doing a good job!"

According to NDTV, the group of about 40 bikers were sprayed with the liquid at a check-post on the Kerala-Karnataka border in Muthanga, over a week ago.

"This was being done irrespective of religion, caste or background, as a strong precautionary measure since Wayanad at that time, did not have even one case," a senior police official was quoted by the media.

Also Read: Coronavirus Lockdown: Four Gujarat Migrant Workers Killed In Road Accident In Maharashtra

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