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DM Pulwama warns penal action against people concealing travel history

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Pulwama: District Magistrate, Pulwama, on Monday warned criminal action against those people who are found concealing their travel history or any contacts with the corona positive person(s).

Under the reeling COVID-19 pandemic, the hiding of travel history and contact history with the COVID-19 positive cases has further endangered the lives of people, an official press release said, adding that in this regard District Magistrate, Pulwama, has issued final warning to the people not disclosing their travel history or contact history with any COVID-19 positive case(s).

DM emphasized that any departure from disclosing travel history will be dealt as per relevant laws and district police would initiate immediate action against such people. He added that no case of self reporting or voluntary disclosure of self reporting will be entertained after 8 pm of March 30.

The District Magistrate has been appealing people to shun “irrational” fear associated with disclosing their travel or the contact history with any COVID-19 positive person and cooperate with the authorities by self reporting of either histories.

He urged the persons with any travel history to self report at established COVID-19 control room, on contact number 01933-240412 and 01933-240912, set up in the CMO office.

Moreover, such persons can also contact Help Desk set up at CMO Office, Pulwama, Dr. Nuzhat on 7006130677and Uzma Bashir on 9419297323, the press release informed.

It said people can also contact Help Desk established at PHC Awantipora, Dr Jaweed Mehmood on 9906785983 and Ghulam Hassan Magray on 8803948011 or can directly report 8:00 pm Monday.

The authorities have reiterated that concealment of travel history or circumvention of screening would coerce the authorities to invoke relevant sections of IPC and stringent action shall be initiated under section 269 IPC( unlawfully or negligently doing something which is likely to spread infection of any dangerous disease to life), section 270 IPC ( malignant act likely to spread infection of dangerous disease to life), section 271 IPC (knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule) and section 188 IPC ( for disobeying any Government order).

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