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FIR against two Vietnamese nationals for ‘spitting’ inside elevator of Mangaluru apartment




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Bengaluru: The Mangaluru Police have registered a case Friday against two Vietnamese nationals living in the city after CCTV footage purportedly showed one of them spitting in a lift of a housing complex.

Mangaluru Police Commissioner Dr P.S. Harsha told ThePrint the two Vietnamese were kept under quarantine until 14 April as they had gone to Vietnam as part of their cashew export business.

“In a very deliberate manner, they have spit inside the lift and at the telephone handle inside the lift. Preliminary investigation and the CCTV footage that has been provided by the Resident Welfare Association has been directed at the same. We are investigating and questioning them as to why they did it,” Harsha told this reporter over phone.

Soon after the incident that took place Friday, panic-stricken residents of the complex requested the police to immediately shift five Vietnamese nationals, including the two men who have been booked, to a government quarantine facility. All these five nationals were staying together in the housing complex.

“There are five members in the family and all of them have been moved to a government hospital. We have made no arrests till now, we are just questioning them and the motive behind this act,” said a senior police official.

Police Commissioner Harsha said they have registered a case, and all the residents who are concerned and want to be tested will be shifted to a government hospital.

The police are, however, yet to take a call on whether the residents will be tested for Covid -19.

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Scare among residents

According to the CCTV footage in possession with the police, one of the Vietnamese is purportedly seen taking the lift phone and spitting on it.

The police FIR was lodged on the basis of the complaint filed by the secretary of the apartment association after residents found “cough spit” in the lift. 

According to the FIR, the residents observed “around 1523 hours on April 17, 2020, one of the residents living in the flat number… was found to have done the act. The resident is a foreign national and was under quarantine till recently. The complaint further stated that the resident removed the mask when he entered the lift and spit on the lift wall…”

Speaking to ThePrint, the secretary of the association Subhash Chandra said five Vietnamese nationals — three men and two women — lived together in the apartment complex, which has 360 flats and nearly 1,200 residents.

“We immediately sealed the lift and called the police. The residents are worried after this incident. It has caused a scare among them. We have requested the police to take action after thorough investigation,” Chandra added.

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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’




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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”

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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.

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