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Man charged over oxygen SOS for dying grandfather

April 29, 2021 4:05 am
Across India demand for medical oxygen has surged during the crisis [Source: BBC]

Police in India are prosecuting a man who used Twitter to try to find oxygen for his dying grandfather.

Officers in Uttar Pradesh state charged Shashank Yadav with spreading a rumour over oxygen shortages “with intent to cause… fear or alarm”.

Mr Yadav, who did not refer to Covid in his brief tweet, could face jail.

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Uttar Pradesh is among India’s worst-hit states. Its chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, is accused of downplaying the severity of the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this week, Mr Adityanath, a right-wing ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanded that the property of anyone spreading rumours and propaganda be seized.

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