The Lockdown Plot: Man fakes death to reach home in Jammu Poonch with three others, arrested
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could be a straight-out-of-Bollywood type lockdown plot coming alive for real, four men were arrested in Surankote, which lies in Poonch district (Jammu and Kashmir), for faking the death of one among them, to evade the coronavirus lockdown and almost making way to their native village in Surankote’s Saillan.
The accused managed to get the death certificate of one of their aides identified as Hakim Din from the casualty department of the Government Medical College, Jammu — and hopped on to a private ambulance (PB-02 CQ-6633), while traveling on NH-144 for a little less than 200 kilometres, dodging the lockdown restrictions kept in place on the way, according to Daily Excelsior.
A police team intercepted the ambulance when it just a few kilometres away from its destination in Poonch’s Bufliaz and found the dead man alive. All four accused along with the ambulance driver were arrested and then sent to a government quarantine facility.
A case has been registered at Surankote Police Station in Poonch under Indian Penal Code’s Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 109 (Abetment of any offence).
The country is under a complete lockdown for three weeks since March 25 as the government makes all possible efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has so far claimed over 42,000 lives and left over 8,60,000 infected worldwide.
According to the Health Ministry log, India too has seen a sudden rise in the number of cases in the last few days which currently stand at 1,637 with 38 deaths. Meanwhile, 133 COVID-19 patients have been cured.