Journalist Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Booked For Negligence

Bhopal: Police informed that inspite of having knowledge of his daughter infection, a man went around Bhopal. Bhopal Police has registered the case against a journalist. He had attended the Press Conference of former Chief Minister Kamalnath and later on he was tested positive for COVID-19. Case was registered against the violence of prohibitory orders.

“Despite knowing his daughter was infected, the man went around the city and violated the lockdown too,” said V.K. Singh, in-charge, Shymala Hills police station.

Journalist Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Booked For Negligence
Journalist Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Booked For Negligence

The case had been registered based on a complaint filed by the Chief Medical Officer, Bhopal, he added, under Sections 269 [Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life], 270 [Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life] and 188 [Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant] of the Indian Penal Code.

On March 22, his daughter was tested for corona virus and she was the Bhopal’s corona patient zero. In addition, he has attended the conference on March 20, in which Mr. Kamal Nath announced the resignation in the presence of Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and 200 journalists.

Later, the journalist went to Raj Bhavan, where Mr. Nath submitted his resignation to Governor Lalji Tandon, and visited the Vidhan Sabha, where BJP MLAs had reached to attend the session scheduled for 2 p.m., which was postponed in the light of Mr. Nath’s resignation. That night, he reportedly took part in a TV debate.

Journalist Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Booked For Negligence
Journalist Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Booked For Negligence

As he tested positive on March 25, jitters spread across journalists, government officials and former Ministers, who immediately went into home quarantine. P. Narahari, Secretary, Public Relations Department, directed journalists who were present at the press conference to immediately self-quarantine. The Vidhan Sabha Principal Secretary A.P. Singh also went into quarantine.

On Saturday, Sachin Yadav, who was Agriculture Minister in Mr. Nath’s Cabinet, announced on Twitter that he had gone into self-quarantine as he was present at the conference.

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