FIR filed for spreading rumours

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

The accused person had sent five WhatsApp messages to Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar about the presence of coronavirus patients at hotels in the city, which turned out to be false after due verification.

PUNE: An FIR has been registered by Pune city police against an unidentified person for allegedly spreading a rumour about coronavirus patients in the city.

The accused person had sent five WhatsApp messages to Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar about the presence of coronavirus patients at hotels in the city. The messages also stated that many employees of the hotels have been infected with coronavirus. When asked about the name, the person did not tell his/her name. 

Mhaisekar, who is heading the government agencies involved in tackling coronavirus outbreak, got the information verified but it turned out to be false. Later, based on a complaint from Mhaisekar (59), an FIR was registered with Koregaon Park police station.

According to the police, he had received messages between 9.39 pm to 9.58 pm on March 14 (Saturday). The case was registered on Sunday evening. 

In Pune, 16 persons have been found positive until now, while the total number of coronavirus positive patients has increased to 39 in the state.

The State government has issued a notification for the implementation of the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 in the State from March 13, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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