COVID-19: Admin orders FIR against south Kashmir man for hiding travel history to Pakistan

A man walks past the government government forces as restrictions are imposed on the movement of people after the first woman was tested positive for COVID-19 in Srinagar. Photograph by Bhat Burhan

Srinagar: Amid raging scare about spread of coronavirus, authorities in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has ordered the filing of an FIR (First Investigation Report) against a person from Awantipora Tehsil who allegedly misled the authorities by hiding travel history to Pakistan.

“A case was recommended for registering of an FIR on Sunday against the person who had tried to circumvent the screening and surveillance teams and went into hiding,” an official of the district administration told.

The case was recommended for registering under section 269 IPC (unlawfully or negligently doing something which is likely to spread infection of any dangerous disease to life), section 270 IPC (malignant act likely to spread infection of dangerous disease to life), section 271 IPC (knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule) and section 188 IPC (for disobeying any govt order), he said.

“District authorities have appealed the general public to cooperate with the administration in this unprecedented situation and proactively disclose their own travel history, of their relatives and of neighbors. The authorities have reiterated that concealment of travel history or circumvention of screening would coerce the authorities to invoke relevant sections of IPC and stringent action shall be initiated as per law,” the official added. (GNS)

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