Man Arrested For ‘Misbehaving’ With COVID Warrior In Odisha

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Sambalpur: A man has been arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a COVID warrior at Tanlapada in Odisha’s Sambalpur district.

According to the police complaint, Pankaj Kumar Das allegedly obstructed Suraj Kumar Bakhara, MPHW(M), JPM, Sambalpur, while he was in the locality on August 24 to conduct contact tracing of a COVID-19 patient. The accused also used abusive language and threatened him with dire consequences.

In the video, which has gone viral on social media, Pankaj was also seen accusing the COVID warrior of indulging in corrupt practices.

Police have registered a case against him under Sections 188, 294, 353, and 506 of the IPC, Section 3 of Epidemic Disease Act, and Section 51-A of Disaster Management Act. 

Pankaj was produced before a local court on August 25. He was sent to jail after the court rejected his bail plea.

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