A Navghar Police booked Bhayandar man Sanjay Thakur for allegedly posting fake Covid-19 messages on social media platforms, defaming civic doctors and spreading panic among people.
“Thakur had uploaded posts asking patients not to go for COVID treatment to hospitals run by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. This could lead to panic amongst citizens, besides tarnishing the efforts of the civic administration and other government departments which are working hard to contain the deadly pandemic,” said the officer.
In his post, he called civic doctors organ traffickers in disguise. He wrote that patients’ organs were being removed by doctors on the pretext of treating them. Inspector Sampatrao Patil of Navghar Police Station said that the accused, Sanjay Thakur, has bereaved after his son died by suicide in September. “To conduct a post-mortem, the body of the deceased had taken to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Hospital in Bhayandar. The hospital authorities had informed the family that the deceased had tested positive for Covid-19,” Patil said.
Police has questioned the accused. However, no arrest had been made. Nevertheless, police have slapped a notice on the rumour monger. The action followed after the health officer spotted the objectionable content on Whatsapp and registered an offence against the accused.
What Thakur Wrote
In the text message forwarded last week, Thakur said a huge “scam” was underway at the Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (Tembha) Hospital. The hospital runs by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC). Thakur alleged that the corporation forcibly admitting people who had not tested positive to the hospital based on fabricated reports.
“When a patient passes away, the hospital claims they have died of Covid-19. Significantly, they do not give the body to the family. The hospital then removes organs from the bodies and sells it for profits. This has happened to me. So, I don’t want anyone else to fall prey to this scam,” Thakur wrote in fake messages.
However, police booked Thakur under the relevant section of the IPC and provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, Disaster Management Act and the stringent Maharashtra COVID Regulations-2020. Further investigations were on.