"the protocol is such that you have to be quarantined."
An Indian officer and his wife have fled isolation shortly after returning from their honeymoon.
Kollam District Collector Abdul Nasar explained that Sub-Collector Anupam Mishra had been told to self-isolate after returning from his honeymoon.
However, he and his wife left for Bengaluru without telling anyone.
Mishra had returned from Singapore. After hearing about the matter, the Kerala government suspended him on March 27, 2020.
Mishra has also been charged by police for violating quarantine orders.
The Indian officer was posted as the Sub-Collector of Kollam district in Kerala. It was reported that he returned to India on March 19, 2020, and later left for Bengaluru.
Nasar explained: “He got married in February and was travelling to Singapore with his wife after that.
“He came back on 19 March, and I told him he has to be home quarantined for some time.
“But he still left his official residence and left for Bengaluru with his wife on a flight the same day.”
Nasar went on to say that Mishra’s brother is a doctor who lives in Bengaluru.
The District Collector stated that Mishra was asked to self-isolate as a precaution but instead, he defied clear instructions.
“Although he was not showing any symptoms, the protocol is such that you have to be quarantined.
“Maybe he misunderstood what home quarantine is.
“Maybe he thought it is his home where he has to be quarantined, but the point is he left without informing anyone.”
Nasar was questioned on whether action would be taken against Mishra. He said it depends on the government.
“We have already given our report to the government and said he fled without informing even though he had no symptoms. But action or no action depends on the government.”
However, one Kerala-based officer said that there is pressure on the government to take action against Mishra for this “irresponsible” act.
The officer said: “Firstly, Kerala has the highest number of cases in the country, and secondly, very recently, the IAS officer who had fatally run over a journalist while drunk driving was reinstated by the government.
“So there is a lot of pressure on the government to act against him.”
Currently, there are 182 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Kerala, making it the state with the highest number of cases.
On March 28, 2020, a 69-year-old man became the first person to die from Coronavirus in Kerala.