Three young men arrested for causing fear of coronavirus in Karnataka

BENGALURU: Three youths, who caused panic at a police checkpoint in the district by posing as infected Muslims and threatening to pass it on to staff there if they were detained, have been arrested, a revenue official said Saturday.

The incident occurred on April 8, when the three were identified and reached in an autorickshaw, KR Pet Tahsildar M Shivamurthy told PTI.

When they were intercepted, one of them showed the quarantine seal on his hand and threatened staff claiming they were Muslims infected with coronavirus and that they would spread the disease if they were detained, before fleeing, the official said.

The police launched a human hunt for the trio and caught them at Ballekere.

One case was recorded against the youths, who underwent a medical examination in a hospital but remained asymptomatic, the official said, adding that they were quarantined.

Later, in a press release, Shivamurthy said that although the defendants were Hindus, they identified themselves as Covid-19 infected Muslims and triggered panic.

I want to make it clear that neither the Muslims have come to KR Pet to transmit the disease nor is it true that people from the minority community area were transmitting it. People don't need to panic, he clarified.