KANPUR: In a bizarre case, a policeman allegedly faked coronavirus infection for his failure to record the statement of a molestation victim.
The matter came to light after an audio clip in which the cop, identified as sub-inspector Ram Sevak, who was deployed at Chakeri police station in Kanpur, was heard saying that he suffered from coronavirus infection.
The audio clip went viral on the social media on Thursday. According to the sources, Ram Sevak was investigating a case of molestation lodged a few days back.
The victim's family alleged that the SI neither arrested the accused nor bothered to record the victim's statement.
"He would make one or the other excuse whenever requested to take action," said one of the family members in Kanpur.
On Wednesday, a social worker called up the policeman and sought explanation for the delay in recording statement of the victim.
"I have been suffering from coronavirus. I will record her statement if I live," he told the social worker.
He also said that he had been on bed rest. "Only Lord Hanuman can save me now," he remarked.
It later turned out that the policeman faked coronavirus infection only to deflect criticism.
"I was joking," he said, when confronted by senior officials.
He has been issued a show cause notice.