Three youth held for causing coronavirus scare in Karnataka | Bengaluru News
The incident occurred on April 8, when the three identified as Mahesh, Abhishek and Srinivas reached Tendekere checkpost in an autorickshaw, KR Pet Tahsildar M Shivamurthy told PTI.
“When they were intercepted, one of them showed the home quarantine seal on his hand and threatened the personnel by claiming that they were Muslims infected with coronavirus and would spread the disease if they were detained, before fleeing,” the official said.
Police launched a manhunt for the trio and nabbed them at Ballekere.
A case was registered against the youth, who were subjected to medical examination at a hospital, but they remained asymptomatic, said the official adding they have been quarantined.
Later, in a press release, Shivamurthy said that though the accused were Hindus, they identified themselves as Muslims infected with Covid-19 and triggered panic.
“I want to make it clear that neither Muslims have come to KR Pet to pass on the disease nor is it true that people from the minority community area were transmitting it. People need not panic,” he clarified.