Coimbatore: Father-son threaten dispensary staff member for a Covid negative certificate – Times of India


COIMBATORE: A father-son duo have been booked for threatening a staffer of a tea estate dispensary to issue a Covid negative certificate at Valparai on the outskirts of the city on Monday.
The Valparai police said 26-year-old P Sivakumar, son of 49-year-old G Palanisamy, a resident and labourer of Akkamalai tea estate, had tested positive for the virus 10 days ago when he returned to the hometown from Coimbatore city, where he was working as a labourer.
“While Sivakumar was admitted to the government hospital for treatment, his family members were asked to remain in home quarantine. He was discharged three days ago after testing negative for the infection with an advice to isolate himself at home,” a police officer said.
However, the father-son duo refused to remain in home quarantine and approached the estate dispensary staffer A Murugesan on Monday, demanding Covid negative certificate for Palanisamy so that he could return to work.
“When Murugesan refused to provide the certificate and asked them to come back after completing their quarantine period, the argument between them turned into a quarrel and the father-son duo threatened Murugesan with dire consequences and assaulted him,” the officer said.
Murugesan lodged a complaint with the Valparai police, who registered a case under Sections 294(b) (uttering obscene words) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code on Tuesday. Further investigation is on.

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