Hyderabad: A few YSR Congress legislators have demanded an explanation from former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition,N. Chandrababu Naidu,over the claim that a few employees working in Heritage Milk Project in Hyderabad tested positive for coronavirus.

YSRC senior leader and MLA Ambati Rambabu, had claimed that a few people employed were infected with coronavirus in Naidu’s dairy unit at Uppal in Hyderabad. NewsMeter possess a video as an evidence.

In a video release, Rambabu said, “Reports are coming in media that some persons working in Heritage Milk Project, belonging to Chandrababu Naidu, located at Uppal in Hyderabad, tested positive for coronavirus and many of them have been quarantined. Naidu must immediately respond on this matter.”

Meanwhile, when NewsMeter contacted Telangana government regarding the claim, a highly placed source said it was false. “We have inquired into the matter. There is no employee associated with Heritage Milk Project who had tested positive for Covid-19. Hence, there is no need for public to panic.”

Even after officials striking down misinformation, The YSRC MLA said that there were high chances of community spread since milk from Heritage project is distributed to lakhs of households.”Milk from that project goes to lakhs of households every morning and if coronavirus is existing in such units, there are high chances of it spreading to a wide range of areas. Being the owner of Heritage Milk Project, Chandrababu Naidu should immediately come out and give an explanation to the public about how many persons tested positive and how many were quarantined.”

He should also tell the people about what measures are being taken to stop the spread of the dreaded coronavirus in both the dairy unit and among its consumers, Rambabu added.

Multiple cross-verification with Telangana ‘s health officials concluded that ‘none’ from the Hyderabad’s Heritage unit has been infected. Thus it is misinformation.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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