Mangaluru: A case has been registered against Dr. B Srinivas Kakkilaya under Epidemic Act at Kadri police station, after he refused to wear a mask, while he went shopping at a supermarket in the city on Wednesday, May 19.
Based on a complaint filed by a partner of Jimmy's Super Mart Kadri, Ryan Rosario, the police have registered a case.
The video of the heated argument between the staff at the supermarket and the doctor had gone viral on social media. The doctor, who refused to wear a mask, justified his act.
The Indian Medical Association and The Association of Medical Consultants, Mangaluru strongly condemned misleading action and irresponsible statements by Dr. BS Kakilaya. Speaking to News Karnataka, Hon. Secretary of IMA Mangaluru Dr. Animesh Jain said, "Based on our current situation and what we know as of now, it is not acceptable to not wear a mask. Being from the healthcare fraternity, I think it is more important for us to do so. The Indian Medical Association and AMC does not stand by any of the actions and statements by the said doctor and stands by the government guidelines and endorses mask-wearing by everyone in a public place, social distancing, hygiene, and frequent hand washing or sanitizing as per the current evidence and guidelines of WHO."
He urged that people to behave responsibly. Wear a mask, prevent Coronavirus infection and save lives.
Speaking to News Karnataka, S, Savitra Teja PSI of Kadri police station said, “It has come to the notice that a video of Dr. Kakkilaya breaking Covid rules by not wearing a mask at a supermarket has gone viral on social media. Dr. Kakkilaya refused to wear a mask when the merchant requested it. Following the complaint, we have booked the accused under sections of 4,5, and 9 of the Karnataka State Epidemic (Prevention) Act 2020. After filing the charge sheet we will investigate this.”
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