Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Saturday rubbished the rumours about being put under home-quarantine by the government officials. A home-quarantine sticker outside his residence-office in Alwarpet led to some confusion about the actor’s well-being.
“Based on the notice stuck outside my house, news has been spread saying that I have been quarantined. But, most of you already know that I have not been living there for the past few years and the Makkal Needhi Maiam party office has been functioning from there. So, the news that I have been quarantined is not true,” he said in a statement.
— Makkal Needhi Maiam | மக்கள் நீதி மய்யம் (@maiamofficial) March 28, 2020
The notice outside Kamal’s property read that he has been quarantined until April 4. The sticker is an initiative by the Greater Chennai Corporation, which is part of the government’s effort to monitor people with recent travel history to a foreign country.
Kamal further added “As a precautionary measure, I have undertaken social distancing as I requested the public too. I would again reemphasize all of us to undertake social distancing as a precautionary measure. I also request all news agencies to verify news before breaking it so that fake news does not get spread.”
After discovering the green sticker at the front of the building, the MNM raised a red flag. A spokesperson speaking to a TV news channel claimed that there was no official intimation informing the party about the same. An official of the city corporation suggested that it was a “clerical error” while refusing to provide more explanation on the matter. The sticker outside Kamal’s property has been removed since.
Chennai Corporation public relation officer Nandakumar said, “Actress Gautami Tadimalla had given this address (Kamal Haasan’s office address in Alwarpet) in her passport. She had returned from Dubai recently and hence the corporation officials had pasted the home-quarantine sticker by mistake. To avoid these kinds of incidents in the future, the Chennai Corporation Commissioner has instructed the workers to check whether the foreign-returnee is physically present in the given address before initiating the process.”
Kamal has also offered to convert his property into a hospital for COVID-19 patients. He said he is waiting for required clearance from the government to go ahead with the plan.
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