Tirupati: To prevent the movement of people in the town the Srikalahasti police have started taking youths loitering outside to the quarantine wards even if they have no symptoms of the virus.

The town has reported a large number of COVID-19 cases and the district administration has imposed strict restrictions on the movement of people and asked them to stay indoors. However, some youths are still seen outside on their motorcycles.

Srikalahasti I-town circle inspector Nagarjuna Reddy caught four youths on 28 April roaming the streets and questioned them about their whereabouts. Dissatisfied with their answers, he decided to take them to the quarantine centres in the town.

Tirupati urban superintendent of police Avula Ramesh Reddy said they were implementing a complete lockdown in Srikalahasti and sending people to the quarantine centres for roaming the streets unnecessarily. He said despite several appeals from the police and wide publicity in the town, some youths were still roaming the streets. So, they had started sending the loiterers to the quarantine wards. He said the main objective is to prevent further spread of the virus and restrict the movement of the people.

The officer suggested that the town residents purchase essentials for more than two days and stay at home. The entire town is under police surveillance and movement of people is being monitored, he said.

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