Moradabad: Health Officials Who Went To Take Brother Of Coronavirus Victim For Quarantine Attacked, Ambulance Stoned

Moradabad: Health Officials Who Went To Take Brother Of Coronavirus Victim For Quarantine Attacked,  Ambulance StonedMuslims offering Friday prayers (representative image) (Photo by - Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A team of health workers and police was attacked in Haji Neb Masjid area of Moradabad on Wednesday when they went to pick up a coronavirus patient and his family.

The incident in which several police and health workers were injured took place in Nawabpura area of Moradabad. The ambulance and four other vehicles were also damaged in the stone pelting.

According to reports, a man named Sartaj had been unwell and was admitted to the medical college in the Tirthankar Mahavir University. His samples were sent for testing on April 9 and the report that came on April 13 found him to be corona positive. Sartaj died the same night. The area was declared a hotspot after he succumbed to coronavirus on April 13.

Some members of his family were quarantined at the IFTM University.

The health and police team, on Wednesday, went to their house to take Sartaj''s younger brother who had been suffering from fever for institutional quarantine.

As soon as the team reached the area, people started coming out of their houses and collecting at the spot. They tried to prevent the remaining family members from being taken for quarantine.

The health team tried to explain to the crowds but the local people became aggressive and started pelting stones.

“The miscreants illegally confined doctor H.C. Mishra while a technician was seriously injured. The PPE suits of the team members were torn off. The four policemen who went with the team had to retreat. One of them was injured,” the official was quoted as saying.

ADG (Law and order) P.V. Ramasastry said in Lucknow that the situation was under control and efforts were on to identify the miscreants. "We will take very strict action against those involved in this incident," he said.