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 several 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 are 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 they turned false. Later, based on a complaint from Mhaisekar (59), an FIR was registered with Koregaon Park police station. He stays under the jurisdiction of the police station.
According to 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 37 in the state.
The State Government has issued a notification for the implementation of the provisions the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 in the State from 13 March 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.