Kerala set to seal all inter-State borders
Rise in fresh cases in border districts
- Police to seal all inter-State borders to discourage the movement of people between Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
- Tamil Nadu was in the middle of an intense lockdown in five districts from April 26 to April 29.
- Also included Coimbatore and Tiruppur, which shared a common frontier with Kerala. Hence, it was essential for the police to seal the borders of Kerala tightly.
- Law enforcers should sanitise cargo vehicles at borders, and examine drivers and crew for COVID-19 symptoms.
- The police had earlier told the government that tightening of lockdown restrictions had spawned a mafia that moved people between States and districts for cash.
- The racketeers had contracted a network of ambulance, cargo and container lorry drivers to facilitate the illegal movement.
- The properties straddling inter-State borders helped the racket flourish, and used the same method and routes to smuggle bootlegged liquor and other contraband.