Karnataka: Couple Booked For Entering Kodagu With Fake Covid Negative Report

  • | Saturday | 14th August, 2021

 A couple was arrested in Karnataka with the fake covid report. 

A Kerala couple has been arrested for trying to enter a district in Karnataka with a fake covid negative report. 

 According to police, the couple used a fake COVID-negative test report in a bid to enter Kodagu district late on Thursday. However, due to their ‘suspicious’ behavior, they were intercepted by the district police at Ammathi.   

The accused couple has been identified as 32-year-old Syed Mohammad and his 27-year-old wife BM Ayesha Rehman. Syed hails from Manjeshwar in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, while Ayesha is from Madikeri taluk in Kodagu. The couple had reportedly travelled to Karnataka to visit Ayesha`s parents on Thursday. 

“They arrived in a private Maruti Alto via Jalsuru, in Sullia taluk, Dakshina Kannada district,” said police adding that this was the first case in the state where people have been arrested for producing fake COVID-19 certificates. The car in which the couple arrived has been seized, informed the police.

 It is said that the couple took advantage as there was a heavy rush of vehicles at Jalsuru. As a result, the security personnel stationed at the checkpoint did a superficial check of their false COVID-negative reports and allowed the couple to enter the state. 

On arriving at Ammathi in Kodagu, the couple`s COVID reports were scanned by the village accountants, namely Praveen and OmappaBanagar. The two officials were handling the checkpoint alongside Virajpet rural police.

When they scanned the QR code on the COVID test reports, the officials found that the reports were counterfeit as both the reports have been issued in the name of one Sharfuddin.

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