It was a dramatic day for people of Lucknow today. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced about ‘Janta Curfew’ wherein Lucknowites knew its time to be extra cautious but India and Bollywood were shocked to hear about Kanika Kapoor’s Instagram post. She is an NRI, born in Lucknow who did her schooling from Loreto Convent Lucknow. After her marriage to Raj Chandok, she went to London, but later came back and started her carrier in Bollywood with “Baby Doll” for the film Ragini MMS 2, which was a huge success. The news is an FIR against Kanika Kapoor would be lodged soon under Section 269 of the IPC which states “Negligently doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life”.
Why authorities had to lodge FIR against Kanika Kapoor?
Kanika Kapoor, in an Instagram post, revealed that she has been tested positive for COVID-19.
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Hello everyone, For the past 4 days I have had signs of flu, I got myself tested and it came positive for Covid-19. My family and I are in complete quarantine now and following medical advice on how to move forward. Contact mapping of people I have been in touch with is underway aswell. I was scanned at the airport as per normal procedure 10days ago when I came back home, the symptoms have developed only 4 days ago. At this stage I would like to urge you all to practice self isolation and get tested if you have the signs. I am feeling ok, like a normal flu and a mild fever, however we need to be sensible citizens at this time and think of all around us. We can get through this without panic only if we listen to the experts and our local, state and central government directives. Wishing everyone good health. Jai Hind ! Take care, KK
Soon after this post, it came to notice that she is a celebrity and a singer, attended many parties during her stay in Lucknow. These included parties at Justice (retd) Sanjay Mishra’s place, Former MP Akbar Ahmad Dumpy’s place along with her apartment in Mahanagar’s Gallant Apartment, where she developed signs of corona first. It is said that she also stayed in the Taj Hotel of Lucknow and she attended many parties of Holi celebrations in Lucknow. Hence, section Section 269 of the IPC comes into play. It is said that she knowingly hide her travel details from authorities and did not take precautions in spite of knowing the corona Saftey Protocol.
This was a “Phool Ki Holi” party at UP Lokayukta Justice (retd)Sanjay Mishra’s Residence in Lucknow.
Kanika seen around 00:17 pic.twitter.com/GgZUVl2Ayc
— Zeba Warsi (@Zebaism) March 20, 2020
It is to be noted that today Lucknow District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash also ordered to shut down areas near Mahanagar such as Kapporthala, Aliganj, Vikas Nagar, Kalyanpur, Kukrail, etc.
Here is a video showing Kanika being shifted to a hospital in quarantine.
#kanikakapoor episode just shows that Stardom & Money and privilege doesn’t guarantee minimum common sense. Their irresponsible behaviour can upset the fight against #coronavirus which till date has been reasonably contained in India pic.twitter.com/CpD3yozpjh
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) March 20, 2020
Lucknow Airport’s role
As per some reports, it was said that she escaped some medical screening from Lucknow airport, to which Lucknow airport responded that since there are no direct flights from London, Mumbai airport should have done the procedural checks. While Kanika said that symptoms developed only 4 days ago and she felt all right during her regular checkups at airports.