New Delhi: To ensure home quarantine of the family of a COVID-19 patient, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Thursday came sealed two flats with tin sheets in Bengaluru, blocking the doorways to the two apartmants without any regard for any future emergencies. The matter came to light after another resident shared pictures of the sealed flats on Twitter, following which the city’s civic body came under sharp criticism from various quarters. Also Read - Karnataka Asks Citizens To Take Second Covishield Dose After Completing 12 Weeks From First Dose

Following public outrage, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad apologised for the behaviour of the staff members and asked officials to remove the tin sheets. Also Read - COVID-19 Symptoms in Diabetic Patients: Diet, Treatment, And Things to Take Care

“BBMP sealing done in our building for a confirmed Covid case. Lady with 2 small children, next door neighbours are an aged couple. What if there is a fire, BBMP Commissioner? Understand the need for containment, but this is an extremely dangerous fire hazard – please address urgently,” Satish Sangameswaran tweeted. Also Read - Randhir Kapoor Gets Discharged From Hospital 15 Days After Getting COVID-19, Not Allowed to Meet Family

He said apart from the fire hazard, it also makes it difficult for the emergency response team set up within the apartment to supply groceries and other essential commodities.

“I have ensured removal of these barricades immediately. We are committed to treat all persons with dignity. The purpose of containment is to protect the infected and to ensure uninfected are safe,” the BBMP Commissioner later tweeted.

“We are committed to address any issues that result in stigma. Apologies for the over enthusiasm of the local staff,” he added.