National alert to track down Delhi man who tested positive

Tamil Nadu police issued a national alert to track down a 30-year-old Delhi man who had tested positive for Covid-19 and has now disappeared from Villupuram.

Police have sought help from other states to find the man who was jailed in Puducherry in connection with an accident case.

Seventeen people, who had come into contact with the positive patient, were negative for the virus.

The Villupuram collector A Annadurai told TOI that the alert was issued through the State Bureau of Crime Records. We have alerted the police in neighboring states and also the Delhi police for help. Any information on its current location can be reported to the Villupuram Crown Control Room at 04146 223265, he said. Annadurai said the man may have had a chance to cross state lines.

Villupuram SP S Jayakumar said they recorded a case on April 9. Seventeen people, including two drivers who were identified as the man's contacts, tested negative for the infection. We have questioned 24 people in connection with the case and have formed 10 special teams to track it, ”he said.

According to a senior police officer, the man had come to Puducherry last December to attend an interview. However, he was involved in an accident and was sent to Kalapet Central Prison. He obtained bail on March 16 and arrived in the city of Puducherry on March 21.

He approached some truckers in Villupuram and sought their help to get to Delhi. However, with the Center announcing the closure on March 24, the man was starved. On April 4, he approached the Villupuram Red Cross in search of food and stayed in a shelter. Two days later, the volunteers noticed that the man had developed symptoms of fever and dry cough and hospitalized him in the Villupuram government hospital.

Police had said the man's first test was inconclusive and he was released before the results of his second test came. However, health department officials have maintained that the man fled the hospital.

We have questioned 24 people in relation to the case and have formed 10 special teams to track it.