Amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak, a youth in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur called up the district magistrate's control room with a bizarre request asking for samosas with chutney. Despite getting several warnings, the man insisted that he wanted the snacks delivered to his place.
The man kept calling the district's coronavirus-linked control room demanding samosas did get his wish granted, but was also handed a punishment that authorities are hoping he won't forget. The man was ordered to clean a local drain as punishment for the calls he made to the control room.
District magistrate of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh Aunjaneya Kumar said, "Control rooms are for people who need help while some mischievous people call for fun. Initially, we warned them then we decided to shame such people"
The official said that despite multiple warnings, the man kept calling. So the official finally had the four samosas sent to the man, but also the order of a punishment he would have to serve.
Later, the district magistrate shared pictures of the youth cleaning the drain on his Twitter handle though he did not name the youth.
नाली साफ कर सामाजिक कार्य में योगदान देकर प्रशासन को सहयोग देते व्यवस्था का दुरुपयोग करने वाले व्यक्ति।— DM Rampur (@DeoRampur) March 29, 2020
राष्ट्रीय आपदा के समय आप सभी का सहयोग प्रार्थनीय है।
जिम्मेदार नागरिक बनें।
स्वस्थ रहें। सुरक्षित रहें। pic.twitter.com/4vMMp97OLp
4 समोसा भिजवा दो... चेतावनी के बाद आखिर भिजवाना ही पड़ा।— DM Rampur (@DeoRampur) March 29, 2020
अनावश्यक मांग कर कंट्रोल रूम को परेशान करने वाले व्यक्ति से सामाजिक कार्य के तहत् नाली सफाई का कार्य कराया गया। pic.twitter.com/88aFRxZpt2
Another man who had ordered a 'paan' by calling the DM's office was also made to clean the drains as a punishment. Taking to Twitter the DM said, "And delivery of the paan too! Do not make fun of essential services and national disasters. You cannot escape by making any type of prank call! If you can't help the needy, then at least don't be a hindrance!"
और पान की डिलीवरी भी!— DM Rampur (@DeoRampur) March 30, 2020
आवश्यक सेवाओं और राष्ट्रीय आपदा का मज़ाक न बनाएं।
किसी भी प्रकार की प्रैंक कॉल करके आप बच नहीं सकते!
अगर आप जरूरतमंदों की मदद नहीं कर सकते तो कम से कम बाधा तो न बनें! pic.twitter.com/JCgNmZkDNr