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India: Fearing COVID-19, family locks selves for 15 months in Andhra

A police officer talks to a family after they were “released” from the tent house.
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East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh: On Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh police rescued a family that had been chained to a tent house in Kadali village of Andhra Pradesh for nearly 15 months for fear of contracting COVID-19.

According to sarpanch (head) of Kadali village, Choppala Gurunath, Ruthamma (50), Kanthamani (32) and Rani (30) locked themselves in almost 15 months ago when one of their neighbors died due to COVID-19.

This became known when a village volunteer went to get a thumb cast for giving them a building plot under the government scheme. The volunteer informed the village sarpanch and others about this.

Talking to ANI, Gurunath said, “Chuttugalla Benny’s family, his wife and two children lived here. They were afraid of the Crown and locked themselves in the house for almost 15 months. They locked themselves in the house and locked it from the inside.

Any volunteer or ASHA worker who came to this house usually returned as no one answered. Recently, some of their relatives reported that three people are locked up in this house and their health is in poor condition. “

“Upon learning of this, we rushed to this place and reported to the police. The junior inspector Rajole Krishnamachari and the team came here and rescued them. When they left, their condition was very deplorable. Their hair was grown without care, they did not bathe for many days. We immediately took them to a government hospital. They are now undergoing treatment at the hospital, ”he added.

According to Sarpanch, the family would die if they continued the same way for another two or three days.

“Their case came to light when our village volunteer came to their house to get a thumb cast when they were given a plot of land. When he called them, they refused to leave, saying that they would die if they did. A volunteer informed us about this, and we rushed to this place. The family lives in a small tent, they even attended conservation activities in this small tent. We transported them to hospitals with the help of villagers and the police. They are now undergoing treatment, ”he said.

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