Kasargod: The Kerala High Court, on Tuesday reminded Karnataka Government that the two states are not India and Pakistan and that the Karnataka government must consider opening the borders on humanitarian grounds to save a life.
The HC heard a public interest litigation (PIL) that sought the opening of the Karnataka borders with Kerala, after five deaths were reported from Kasaragod district due to non availability of better treatment.
During the hearing, the Karnataka government maintained that opening the border along Ksargod, even for ill-patients was risky as Kerala has high number of COVID-19 patients.
Karnataka Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi told the HC that three inter-state roads are opened for the movement of essential supplies, but allowing ambulances into Karnataka is not possible considering the fact that one cannot confirm if COVID-19 positive person is being ferried into the state in the ambulance.
He added that the hospitals in Mangaluru are overburdened and resources of Karnataka overstretched at this point. He added that the state cannot cater to the needs of patients from Kerala right now.
Kerala Additional Advocate General Ranjith Thampan said that two persons died on Tuesday as treatment was denied to them by blocking Mangaluru borders.
HC judge Justice AK Jayashankaran Nambiar said that some relaxation can be made based on humanitarian aspects and he is not interfering legally.
The case will be heard again on April 1 where both the advocates can revert on suggestions made by the HC.
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