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FIR against group celebrating return of cured Covid patient in Chandigarh

Departmental action has been recommended against police officials patrolling in Ram Darbar Phase 2 who were seen standing as mute spectators
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 02:40 AM IST

Police have registered a case against a mob of more than 25 people and also recommended departmental action against police officials patrolling in Ram Darbar Phase 2, after a video of people showering
flower petals and dancing, came to the fore.

The group had gathered to celebrate the recovery and homecoming of a Covid patient in their area. However, no arrest has been made yet.

In their official statement, police said on the basis of the video circulating on social media, unidentified persons had been booked under Sections 188 (disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous
to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code.

The area where the crowd gathered was sealed after a couple of positive cases were reported from Ram Darbar.

A probe has been initiated to ascertain the identity of those present during the celebrations. “More than 20 people gathered, which is unacceptable during prohibitory orders,” said Nilambari Jagadale, Chandigarh’s senior superintendent of police (SSP). It is a clear case of lapse and dereliction in duty, she said.

Departmental action has also been recommended against the patrolling policemen who merely stood there and didn’t inform the police station about the return of a Covid patient, said Sector 31 police officials.

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