In a quarantine centre at Tamenglong in Manipur, two inmates fled to meet their girlfriends, collected their bikes from home and came back with liquor, gangja and cigarettes for their ‘friends’ at the centre.

“I and my team here in the district is truly clueless on how to deal with you both these rotten returnees and those local thugs supporting them,” Tamenglong deputy commissioner Armstrong Pame expressed his helplessness in a Facebook post.

“Two returnees escaped to meet their GFs and came back having collected their bike from home…8 litres of local made liquor brought to one quarantine centre as ordered by some quarantinees…4 packages of gangja and cigarettes being demanded by one of the quarantines…and caught while being delivered…,”Armstrong’s post read.

“…how do we punish them…we are running out of option to punish them as jails are closed…no one wants to beat them up for fear of human rights violation…even if we impose fines you can easily pay it because you will recover by selling your supply at higher rates…we can’t quarantine you because we can’t feed u or has no more space!!!” he further said in the post.

Terming these unruly youth as ‘rotten apples’, the DC said that when everyone – villagers, church and volunteers are coming forward to help the quarantine centre in the fight against COVID-19, these ‘black sheep’ have frustrated all and brought bad names to all the returnees.

Manipur has recorded 366 COVID-19 positive till June 11.

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