Coronavirus Pune: Three from Pashan arrested for beating up a doctor's son

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 9 July 2020

Primary investigations have revealed that the three suspects had made fun of the doctor and his family by taunting them as 'Go Corona Go', mentally harassed them and threatened to physically assault their son again.

Pune: Chatuhshrungi police have arrested three society members on charges of beating up a child of a 'corona-warrior doctor' residing in the same society in Pashan. Primary investigations have revealed that the three suspects had made fun of the doctor and his family by taunting them as 'Go Corona Go', mentally harassed them and threatened to physically assault their son again.

The suspects have been identified as Anil Shivvachan Giri (45), Amitkumar Giri (40) and Satish Rege (60) all residing at the Mantri Avenue building in Panchavati Society in Pashan. Dr Neha Samrat Ghorpade (47) has filed a complaint against the three at Chatuhshrungi police station.

Police Sub-Inspector Rakesh Sarade said, "Dr Neha Ghorpade is a radiologist and works at hospitals in Aundh and Wakad. Dr Neha's son Soham had borrowed some books from his friend residing in the same society. A few days later, Soham's friend's grandfather had tested positive for Covid-19. As a precautionary measure, Dr Neha had conducted tests on Soham at a private hospital. Soham's report came negative but again as a precautionary measure Dr Neha home quarantined Soham for 15 days."

Meanwhile, some residents of the society spread a rumour that Soham has tested positive for COVID-19. One of the suspects, Satish Rege had even sent messages on June 16 to all society member's mobile, requesting details of all COVID-positive patients in the society. When Soham's father called him up, Rege claimed that Dr Ghorpade was hiding information about Soham and treating him at home.

A few days later on June 23, another child from the society called Soham to the amenity space of society and entered into conflict. Later, that child started beating up Soham with an iron rod. Soham was seriously injured in this incident. When Ghorpade was shifting him to a hospital, the three suspects started taunting them and said "Jo Darte Hain Who Chor Hain.. Go Corona Go". They also spat on the door of Ghorpade's house.

Soham was admitted in hospital and had to undergo eight stitches. The suspects further spread messages that Soham was COVID-19 positive and he should be beaten up. At this point of time, Dr Ghorpade lodged a complaint against the suspects at the Chatuhshrungi police station. A complaint against the three suspects has also been made with the Indian Medical Council.

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