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Mumbai man claims coronavirus a government conspiracy; arrested

An official identified him as Shamim Iftekhar Khan, a resident of Qureshi Nagar in Kurla East.

Published: 05th April 2020 10:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2020 10:36 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

MUMBAI: A 36-year-old man was arrested in Chunabhatti in Mumbai in the early hours of Sunday for allegedly uploading a post on Facebook claiming the novel coronavirus outbreak was a government conspiracy and that people should not reveal information to authorities.

An official identified him as Shamim Iftekhar Khan, a resident of Qureshi Nagar in Kurla East.

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"His Facebook post claimed the virus does not exist and it was a conspiracy to target certain communities by the government. He also asked people not to give information to authorities during surveys in connection with the outbreak," he said.

He was arrested under sections 188 (disobedience of an order promulgated by a public servant) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of IPC, and provisions of Disaster Management Act, the Chunabatti police station official said.



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  • Gaurav Rajan

    His name is Vinay Dubey
    1 year ago reply
  • thulakol

    give him a dose of covid 19 and have a personal experience. after that if he is alive let him write his experience.
    1 year ago reply
  • a.k.sehanobis

    Arrest is not enough.They should be denied basic facilities of a citizen.Caned in public in Islamic countries.
    1 year ago reply
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