Couple destroys kits at sample collection unit for delay in testing

Duo allegedly wished desire, argued with PMC staffers at the Ambegaon Budruk facility

In an incident of vandalism that has come to mild at a COVID-19 testing centre in Ambegaon Budruk on Tuesday, a pair has been recognized for inflicting disruption in service after the husband-wife duo needed to allegedly wait for over two hours to provide their swab samples for testing.

When the 2 reached Lakshmibai Hazare Vastigruh, the free-of-cost swab collection facility run by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) round 10.30 am on Tuesday, it was already teeming with folks ready for their flip to provide their swab samples.

The lengthy queue of residents added to the lag in testing, which apparently enraged the couple. The two seemingly picked up a struggle with the healthcare workers current there and demanded to be given desire in testing earlier than others, lots of whom have been PMC staff and senior residents. The accused allegedly meddled with the collected samples, a number of of which have been seemingly virus-positive, and dropped the containers with the swab samples on the bottom and destroyed the kits. They even abused the federal government staff, stopping them to do their responsibility, stated cops. A case has been registered at Bharati Vidyapeeth police station in this regard towards the 2 accused.

It is essential to notice right here that whereas the lady in query has examined optimistic, her husband’s COVID-19 report has come unfavorable.

PMC officers claimed that some 50 swab samples have been broken in the showdown between the accused couple and the healthcare staff (above); a video seize of the lady (inset, in scarf) arguing with the workers; PIC: MAHENDRA KOLHE

According to the police, Nitin Raghunath Rajguru (45), a well being inspector with PMC, has filed a criticism towards the 2 accused. Since the lady has examined optimistic for COVID-19, she has been hospitalised for additional remedy, whereas her husband has been put below dwelling quarantine, added officers. Further authorized process associated to the couple’s arrest and different formalities will seemingly be performed as soon as issues relating to the couple’s well being are eradicated.

Police personnel knowledgeable that the chaos broke out round 12.30 pm on Tuesday. Separate swab collection rows have been made for common residents and PMC staff, whereas the couple was knowledgeable that testing would take time. This allegedly didn’t go down nicely with the duo, who threw testing kits on the bottom and broken the samples collected.

Commenting on the showdown, Rajguru stated, “Our staffers were collecting swab samples from two separate lines demarcated for PMC workers and the general public. Suddenly, two members from the general queue charged at the healthcare workers and demanded to be tested on priority. This led to an argument and our equipment being damaged by the accused. While some 50 swab samples were already collected, there were another 10-12 people to go. But the accused ransacked the kits and threw all the containers to the ground, wasting our day’s efforts.”

While senior residents, pregnant ladies and youngsters from the overall queue got precedence, the accused girl demanded to be examined first, states the primary info report (FIR).

Assistant police inspector AR Kavathekar from Bharati Vidyapeeth police station shared, “A case has been registered against a husbandwife duo under sections 186, 352 and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 504 (break the public peace by provocation), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 3 (committing mischief by doing any act in respect of any public property) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, in this matter. The couple will be arrested after their health issues are sorted.”


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