FIR against Omicron-Positive South African, Shangri-La hotel for quarantine violation

Thomas (Special correspondent) 

The High grounds police have booked Omicron positive along with the hotel where he was staying in Shangri-La hotel for quarantine violation.

While on one hand search intensified to track down 66-year-old covid positive man from south African who escaped from a star hotel in the city with forged negative certificate on last Saturday
,the BBMP health department on Sunday filed a case against him and the hotel which failed to inform the officials while he was checking out from the hotel.

Senior officer told media persons,Dr.Naveen Kumar in his complaint said that Mehendra had landed in the city on November 20 and the covid test conducted at the airport tested positive .

Based on the result he was sent to Shangrila hotel and kept in a separate room for 14 days of quarantine,with a necessary instruction to the hotel management .

Despite specific instructions to the staff to alert the BBMP officials at the time of his check out, the management allowed him to check out on November 27 and failed to comply with the instructions and inform the BBMP.

Upon inquiry the management justified their action stating that Mahendra had submitted covid test negative certificate from SR Lab at the time of check out .

This is clear negligence on part of the management and responsible for spreading the infections,Dr. Kumar said in his complaint and added that the management and the accused should be liable for legal action for serious lapses .

Based on the complaint filed by,Dr. Naveen Kumar M,Medical officer,Shivajinagar,the High grounds police booked Mahendra Chibabhai and the management of Shangri-La hotel situated on palace road charging them under Karnataka Epidemic Disease Act and also under section 269 (negligent act to spread infection),section 271 (disobedience of Quarantine Rule) and section 114 ( abetment to offence ) he added.