Hyderabad: The state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Thursday decided not to allow anyone into their territory from across the border till April 14, when the current 21-day nationwide lockdown will end.
After border crossings were jam-packed with people going back to their native places on March 25, the chief ministers of the two states jointly decided not to allow anyone to move between the two states.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said at a press conference on Thursday that he had spoken to his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao.
Appealing to people from Andhra Pradesh staying in other states, particularly Hyderabad, to stay put till April 14, he said Chandrashekar Rao “responded positively and sympathetically” to his “request to provide food, shelter and medical care to people of Andhra Pradesh living in Hyderabad”.
Jagan Mohan Reddy said the AP government would take care of people from Telangana residing in AP and provide them shelter, food and medical assistance.
He said several people were allowed into Andhra Pradesh from Hyderabad on Wednesday and they would be allowed out of their homes only after a medical examination and successful completion of a 14-day quarantine period.
Telangana energy minister G Jagadish Reddy told Deccan Chronicle that scores of people were returning to Hyderabad from the Damaracherla border check post in Nalgonda as the Andhra Pradesh police had denied them permission to enter their territory on Wednesday night.
Jagadish Reddy said that when their plight was brought to the notice of the Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao, he spoke to his AP counterpart, after which, the AP police allowed them to enter.
Stating that this was the last exception, he said no one would be allowed either to move between the two states from hereon. He appealed to people not to try to return to their native places as it would only further spread the Covid-19 virus....