Imran Pasha, the corporator of Padarayanapur was booked on Saturday for violating physical distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines. This came just a day after he was tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
A complaint was registered against Imran Pasha by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanaga Palike after he allegedly refuses to cooperate with the officials who were asking him to go into the treatment facility. Dr. Manoranjan Hegde, the West Health Officer of BBMP spoke to a media house and said,
“He was informed that he should be admitted on Friday night itself. But he neglected this and kept delaying his admission. When we went to his house on Saturday he made us wait, later while he was getting on the ambulance, his supporters gathered and shouted slogans. So he was knowingly not cooperating and increasing the chance of spread of infection.”
The images of the corporator waving to a crowd of his supporters while he was boarding an ambulance have gone viral on social media. The video was reportedly shot while he was being taken to the Victoria Hospital for treatment from his residence. In the video, he is also seen to have gotten down from the ambulance to touch the feet of an elderly woman. The video has garnered severe criticism on social media.
A First Information Report has been filed against Imran Pasha at the Jagjeevanrama Nagar police station under the Indian Penal Code section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 271 (disobedience of quarantine rule). The police station inspector Shivaji Rao confirmed that procedural action has been initiated against the corporator under the National Disaster Management Authority Act.
Pasha had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday evening and it only came to light the next day when he had already infected another individual. He had also refused to cooperate with the officials in getting admitted to a hospital. The Health Minister B Sriramalu also spoke about the Padarayanapura Corporator who tested positive for COVID-19 and refused to admit to the hospital. Talking about the same, the minister said that those who turn positive for the novel coronavirus have to admit to the hospital and isolate themselves. He heavily came down against the corporator for being irresponsible.
Source: The News Minute