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Andhra Pradesh fishermen illegally enter Tumakuru lake during lockdown triggering COVID-19 fears

In a shocking incident, hundreds of fishermen were seen entering Tumakuru's Nagalapura lake on Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border. This has sent panic waves triggering coronavirus fears among villagers, who have been victims of the police and former Taluk Panchayat president’s high handedness. They now demand both police and the Taluk Panchayat president be booked for lockdown violation.

In what may be called as fence eating the crop, Y N Hoskote police sub-inspector and former Taluk Panchayat president are accused of allowing hundreds of fishermen from Andhra Pradesh to enter Karnataka’s Tumakuru to fish in Nagalapura lake.

During the lockdown when everyone is petrified of contracting the deadly virus, these fishermen from Andhra Pradesh were seen entering without any fear or any verification from officials at the check post.

The villagers in Tumukuru said that the fishermen from Perur, Kambandur and Kalyandurga in AP were seen illegally entering with help of Y N Hoskote Sub Inspector Ramaiah and former Taluk Panchayat president Tempo Govindappa. They are now demanding action against them.

Hundreds of fishermen are seen violating lockdown rules not maintaining social distance, not wearing masks or staying indoors.