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Mumbai: ‘Hindustani bhau’ uses ambulance to travel during curfew, arrested

Vikas Fhatak, alias ‘Hindustani Bhau’, a former contestant on reality TV show Big boss, had on Friday posted on his Twitter account that he would stage a protest all by himself at Shivaji Park on Saturday noon demanding the government to cancel all exams for students.

Around 12.30 pm on learning that Fhatak has reached Shivaji park, a team from local police went and detained him. (Express Photo)

The Shivaji Park police on Saturday arrested Vikas Fhatak, alias ‘Hindustani Bhau’, for allegedly violating the Covid-induced restrictions in Mumbai that prohibit the movement of anyone in public unless for an emergency reason.

An FIR has been registered against him under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 269 (whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) of the IPC and 51 (B) (refuses to comply with directions government) of Disaster Management Act read with section 11 (violating provisions of the regulations) of Maharashtra Covid-19 Regulations, 2020.

Fhatak, a former contestant on reality TV show Big boss, had on Friday posted on his Twitter account that he would stage a protest all by himself at Shivaji Park on Saturday noon demanding the government to cancel all exams for students.

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To ensure he is not traced or stopped by police, Fhatak arranged an ambulance and travelled to Shivaji Park to hoodwink the police. As the ambulance service falls in the category of emergency service, it is not stopped by the police at any of the checkpoints.

On learning that Fhatak has reached Shivaji park, a local police team went and detained him around 12.30 pm. While being escorted away, Fhatak was surrounded by 15 odd media persons who had reached there before cops. He was seen demanding cancellation of all examinations for students this year in Maharashtra.

When asked if Fhatak travelled in an ambulance to the spot, Pranaya Ashok, DCP zone 5, told The Indian Express, “Yes. It’s a gross publicity stunt with misuse of a vital medical facility.”

“He has been arrested and an FIR registered.”

Fhatak used to make YouTube videos where he abused several people and celebrities. His YouTube account was suspended for the same reasons.

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