Kerala Students Union leader booked for giving false identity during COVID-19 test

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The Pothencode police in Thiruvananthapuram city has registered the case under section 419 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for cheating by personation) and various other sections of the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020

Kerala police have registered a case against KM Abhijith, chairman of Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student wing of opposition Congress for allegedly giving false name and bogus address to health workers during a Covid test, which proved positive.

The Pothencode police in Thiruvananthapuram city has registered the case under section 419 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for cheating by personation) and various other sections of the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020 on a complaint lodge by the Pothencode grama panchayat president Venugopalan Nair.

The complaint said Abhijith had given the name as ‘K M Abhi’ at the hospital, besides providing the address of KSU state secretary Bahul Krishna as his own. The complaint told reporters that he suspects that Abhiijith had concealed his real identity allegedly to spread the coronavirus as he participated in the opposition protest in front of the Secretariat demanding resignation of Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel.

Refuting the charge, Abhijith said that he had gone to test for coronavirus with KSU leader Bahul Krishna. “Since he is from the region, he was the one who gave both of our details to the officials. When the controversy surfaced, I had contacted him and enquired about this. He had said that it might be a clerical mistake of officials. Pothencode panchayat president might have other political motivations,” Abhijith said on Facebook.

He also said that health officials had contacted him and under their instruction, he is under home care at his house. Abhijith, who belongs to Kottayam has been residing in Pothencode for the past two weeks in connection with the protests against the government.

Meanwhile, Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who has the charge of COVID-19 prevention in Thiruvananthapuram district, told the media that it will be inquired if Abhijith received any help from health officials.

The incident assumes significance in the light of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s charge that the opposition agitation had led to a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, which had for the first time recorded over 5000 positive cases on September 24.

Earlier, two leaders of the Youth Congress and Yuva Morcha, who had participated in the protests that violated COVID-19 regulations, were diagnosed with the disease.

Image Credit: New Indian Express

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