COVID-19: Escape of drug addict from hospital causes flutter

SHILLONG, Apr 5: The escape of a drug addict from the premises of the Civil Hospital in Shillong recently who claimed that he has a travel history to Nepal caused a flutter.

However, police said that Manbha Foundation confirmed that Bhim Bahadur Thapa name given by him to them has been undergoing substitution therapy and he in fact had just visited the Manbha Foundation on April 1 and was given the dose plus extra required for sustaining him during the lockdown.

In the meantime, the Director of Health Services who had been contacted by the Superintendent of Police informed police that Bhim Bahadur Mogul as given by him in the hospital entry register was in fact a drug addict and he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

According to police on the evening of April 2, Cantonment police while on patrolling duty came across a person who was loitering around the Bimola point and on being questioned by the police gave his name as Bhim Bahadur Chetri.

East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Claudia Lyngwa said that when asked he informed that he was not feeling well so the officer on duty called the 108, which promptly arrived and the person was taken to the Civil Hospital.

The Cantonment police then informed the Jhalupara in charge regarding the matter as he had claimed to be a resident of the area.

Police said that it was only at about 9.40 am on April 3 that the police booth in Civil Hospital, Shillong was informed by hospital authorities that the above person had run away from the isolation room where he was kept as per protocol at about 4.30 am in the morning.

After the information was received of the escape police immediately alerted the in-charge of Jhalupara to contact the headman and secretary of the area but it was confirmed from them that he was not a resident of the locality.

Another police team who was sent to the check point at Mawiong to verify from the entry register maintained by the officers on duty on March 30 to confirm the story given by the person that he had entered Shillong on that day was also negative.

“It may be mentioned that the check point strictly enters the name of each and every person entering Shillong 24×7,” Lyngwa said.

“The police are on track to locate the person but clearly he is still absconding out of fear of being ostracized by society,” Lyngwa added.

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