Mangaluru, April 10, 2020: Seven people were arrested on Friday on charges of illegally arriving at Addur near the city through boat violating the lockdown.
Police said that Yakub and other six in his group have been charged with criminal cases for entering the city illegally as the border between Kerala and Karnataka has been sealed and a ban on travel between the States is in effect.
The group had arrived through boat despite there was ban. It is alleged that one person by name Shakir had aided his transit and provided all logistical support for him to land at Talapady and cross over to Addur.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (North) Belliappa said Yakoob had been to his in-laws’ house near Hosangadi in Manjeshwar taluk on March 14 and stayed put there. He, along with his family members, reportedly reached Talapady on Kerala side from Hosangadi on Thursday, and crossed the Talapady rivulet to reach Karnataka’s side of Talapady, from where they went to Addur, near Bajpe, by road. The group had a minor boy and a minor girl besides three women.
Commissioner of Police P.S. Harsha in a press release said that in view of the seriousness of the situation, all the accused in the case have sent for medical check-up to the Government Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru. The quarantine status of the accused would be monitored in association with the district health officials, he said.
Sources said, police are now investigating the existence of a gang who are illegally transporting people through the sea across State borders.