Booked for violating lockdown in Kerala: A teacher. An excise official. 2 doctors.

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A teacher who travelled all the way to Bengaluru with help from an excise official, and a married couple — both doctors — landed themselves in trouble by violating lockdown in Kerala.

Photo for representation: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Teacher, doctors booked under Epidemic Diseases Act
  • Excise official who helped teacher also booked
  • CM orders state police to crack down on travel pass misuse

A teacher, an excise official and a married couple — both doctors — have been booked for violating lockdown in two separate incidents in Kerala.

In the first case, a woman doctor serving in Tamil Nadu travelled with her husband — a doctor in Kerala — from Asaripallom to Kaliyikkavila. Both were arrested and later released on bail; they were ordered to remain in home quarantine for two weeks.

In the second, a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher travelled to Bengaluru with her two-year-old son and was escorted by an excise official through seven districts in his personal vehicle, a police investigation found.

In fact, from Thamassery to a checkpost in Wayanad district, she used an official vehicle belonging to the Excise Department.

The teacher, Kamna Sharma, got a travel pass from a Narcotics Dy. SP in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.

But Wayanad’s district collector, Adeela Abdulla, said the Dy. SP was not authorised to issue inter-district or interstate travel passes.

A departmental probe has been ordered, the collector said.

Cases have been filed against the doctors and the teacher under the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered the police to investigate cases of travel pass misuse and take firm action against erring officials.

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