Hyderabad: In a first, a case has been booked against a COVID-19 patient for dodging mandatory quarantine period of 14 days. The patient is a son of a senior police officer serving in the Kothagudem district of Telangana .

The Kothagudem police, on March 23, booked a case under section 188 ( offence of disobedience of an order) of Indian Penal Code, against S. Arbaz ( patient ) son of Deputy Commissioner of police of Kothagudem S. M Ali.

The police were acting on a complaint filed by one S. K Yasen Pasha. According to the complainant, The sub divisional police officer from Bhadadri Kothagudem namely SM Ali's son Arbaz had come to Hyderabad from London via Dubai. From there on March 18th, at around 6:30 am he reached Kothagudem, he travelled via road. The following day, he (patient ) attended a function in Chintalapudi and had even visited places. Notably, the patient even after returning from a COVID-19 hit country , dodged the mandatory quarantined and roamed around various places within the district.

'The police officer's son , disobeyed the orders of doctors and went to places. Due to this, legal action will be taken against them. Criminal action will be taken against DSP as well' said the Telangana police officials.

The patient was tested positive for Coronavirus on March 22nd night. The 23-year-old has reportedly returned from London on March 18 and was shifted to Gandhi Hospital two days later, after he developed symptoms. A video of the patient being shifted to Gandhi hospital went viral and what astonished many was the senior cop used his gun man, sans any prevent measures to shift into the ambulance, while the family stayed away.

The medical officials are now identifying the people who are in contact with the DSP’s son. Officials said 22 people including the DSP’s family, relatives, his gunmen, workers with whom he has been in contact have been shifted to the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad for isolation.

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