Maharashtra: COVID-19 patient among 11 booked for flouting quarantine, prohibitory orders

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Updated: Mar 29, 2020 12:51 PM

A total of 11 people have been booked in Maharashtra for allegedly flouting quarantine norms. This included a COVID-19 patient and two newly married couples.

Security personnel wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, outside a special isolation ward at a Mumbai-based hospital. (Photo: PTI)

Eleven people, including a COVID-19 patient and two newly married couples, have been booked here in Maharashtra for allegedly flouting quarantine norms and holding marriage functions despite prohibitory orders in view of the coronavirus crisis, police said on Sunday.

In the first case, a person, who arrived in Dombivali township on Thane from Turkey on March 15, allegedly violated the home quarantine guidelines and attended the ‘haldi’ function (a pre-wedding custom) of his cousin brother, police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

The person later tested positive for coronavirus, Dombivali police station’s inspector SP Aher said.

An FIR has been registered against him under IPC Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269, 270 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 271 (disobedience to quarantine rule) and provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, he said.

In the second, five persons, including a groom, his parents and the owner of a ground, have been booked under IPC Section 188 for organising the ‘haldi’ ceremony here on March 18, in violation of the prohibitory orders imposed by the district collector, the police said.

In another case, police have booked five people, including two newly married couples, under IPC Section 188 for organising wedding functions in the city on March 19, violating the prohibitory orders, a police official said.

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