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Fake videos behind attack on health team in Indore, 4 booked under NSA

A video showed a large group of residents shouting and chasing away a team comprising health and civic officials.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: April 3, 2020 10:35:54 am
A video showed a large group of residents shouting and chasing away a team comprising health and civic officials.

With more than 75 COVID-19 cases reported in the city between March 24 and April 2, Indore in Madhya Pradesh has become the latest cause of worry for authorities.

Most people who have tested positive so far live in small houses in congested localities and authorities are figuring out the source of infection because nobody in the areas had travelled abroad.

The only international flight taking off from Madhya Pradesh flies between Indore and Dubai. Authorities believe the flight could be the possible source of infection.

More than 90 per cent of the positive cases in Indore have been reported from 10 localities, including Ranipura, Nayapura, Khajrana, Tatpatti Bakal, Daulatganj and Silawatpura. It is the Tatpatti Bakhal neighbourhood where residents attacked a team comprising doctors, ASHA workers and revenue officials on Wednesday.

Fake WhatsApp videos claiming that healthy Muslims are being taken away and injected with the virus have been doing the rounds of Tatpatti Bakhal and adjoining localities.

The team attacked on Wednesday had gone to identify family members of a 65-year-old man who died of COVID-19.

“They were cooperating in the beginning and answered a few questions before suddenly attacking,” a member of the help team recounted.

Police have arrested four people in connection with the violence and booked them under the National Security Act (NSA). Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “Those stopping doctors from doing their duty will be strictly dealt with.’’

A resident of Tatapatti Bakal said the residents are suspicious of health workers after fake videos started doing the rounds.

Explaining the surge in cases, divisional commissioner Akash Tripathi said they were not coming from new localities but mostly from families whose members had reported positive. “In that sense the threat is limited to few localities,’’ he said, adding the source of infection is probably someone who travelled to Dubai.

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