A 63-year-old woman from Kangra who failed to disclose her travel history following her return from Dubai and was later tested positive for COVID-19 has been booked under Section 270 of the IPC, which carries a maximum imprisonment of upto two years.
The woman was “forcefully” quarantined at a hospital after district authorities learnt about her symptoms, officials said. Another COVID-19 patient from Kangra, a 32-year-old who returned from Singapore, was also booked under Section 270 (malignantly does any act which is likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life).
A couple from Arki tehsil in Solan were booked for jumping quarantine following their return from Indonesia while in Shimla’s Rohru subdivision, an entire family was booked, the police said, adding that a similar case was reported from Shimla as well.
Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh Police Thursday arrested 54 persons across the state for violating curfew and lockdown orders. Bilaspur and Shimla districts reported 20 and 13 arrests respectively, while 10 persons were arrested in Sirmaur.
A total of 40 FIRs were registered in the state during the day, mostly under sections 188 (disobedience to an order promulgated by a public servant), 269 or 270 of the IPC, said SP (law and order) Khushal Chand Sharma. He added that more than a hundred cases related to various “COVID-19 violations” have been registered in the state in the last three days.