Coronavirus outbreak: Chhattisgarh Congress, MLA, reserved for circumventing social distancing rules

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh was booked on Sunday for allegedly violating prohibitive orders under Section 144 of the CrPC after dozens of people crowded his residence in Bilaspur where food and medicine kits were distributed to those in need during the ongoing national blockade to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens of people arrived at his residence after learning that the ration and medicines were distributed there.

Subsequently, an FIR was registered against the MLA for the first time under Section 269 of the IPC that deals with a negligent act that may spread infection from a life-threatening disease and Section 188 of the IPC (Due Disobedience of Request promulgated by a public servant).

In response to the case, Pandey told the media: Yes, it is a fact that there were arrangements to provide food and medicine kits in the rooms. Suddenly, a large number of people came in groups, although we asked them to return and promised that they would provide the essentials in their homes.

Pandey said he learned that a case had been filed against him and that he would not like to comment on it. However, he added that he would continue to help those in need by strictly following the prescribed safety guidelines to maintain social distance.