Kollam: Anxiety about the pandemic COVID-19 is palpable everywhere. While many exercise caution, reports of vested interests trying to take advantage about the fears about the viral disease are also rife. For instance, a bike rider tried to evade vehicle inspection at Chinnakada in Kollam district by claiming he is infected by coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease.
However, the police saw through his ruse and the rider, a native of Mundakkal, finally had to retract the statement.
When the police asked him to stop the bike for inspection, the rider fled after showing some signs. When traffic Sub-Inspector A Pradeep immediately called on his mobile phone, the man responded saying he had fever and the doctor had asked him to take 14 days of rest.
The officer was not in a mood to relent and told he would come to his house along with the healthcare personnel! Realising that he was cornered, the biker volunteered to appear at the station. Soon, he arrived at the traffic police station.
He admitted that he had not fever and made the pretence as the vehicle was not insured as is mandated.
His case has been handed over to the Kollam East Police.