An incident came to light where a 47-year-old migrant labourer attempted suicide at a quarantine centre in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh as he and other inmates at the facility feared the presence of a ghost.
At least 113 migrants who were working in Maharashtra and had returned to their native village here were lodged at this government-run isolation centre in Kurnool.
Authorities turned the government-run model school of Kosagi as a quarantine centre after migrant workers arrived from Pune on May 18.
Lately, a rumour spread like wildfire among the inmates that the school is haunted and many claimed to have seen a ghost roaming in the facility at night.
The matter was raised with officials but as coronavirus test result of the migrant labourers were still awaited, they refused to allow them to return to their home.
On Thursday morning, a labourer, who tested positive for coronavirus and are undergoing treatment, attempted suicide by hanging from a window of the school building with the help of a cloth.
Fortunately, other inmates of the quarantine centre rescued him and he was sent to a government hospital in Adoni where his condition was declared stable. He was living with his wife at the facility.