NOT SURE IF BAPU DHAM PARTY INFO IS AU­THEN­TIC: DOC

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - Shub Kar­man Dhali­wal shubkar­man.dhali­wal@htlive.com

CHANDI­GARH : The com­mu­nity medicine depart­ment head at Gov­ern­ment Medical Col­lege and Hospi­tal, Sec­tor 32, treat­ing the 30-year-old Covid pos­i­tive OT at­ten­dant of the hospi­tal, has told the po­lice that the pa­tient’s con­tact list, which fea­tures 123 names, in­cludes peo­ple whom he had met in the weeks pre­ced­ing his in­fec­tion.

His state­ment comes 10 days af­ter hospi­tal di­rec­tor-prin­ci­pal Dr BS Cha­van said that the pa­tient had picked up the in­fec­tion out­side the hospi­tal, and had hosted 123 peo­ple at his wedding an­niver­sary party on his rooftop in Bapu Dham Colony, Sec­tor 26.

In re­sponse to po­lice queries, the com­mu­nity medicine depart­ment head said in a writ­ten state­ment, “The OT at­ten­dant at the GMCH-32 was found corona pos­i­tive on April 24. Some of his neigh­bours com­mented that the party was or­gan­ised ei­ther on April 17 or 23. How­ever, we are not sure that it is au­then­tic in­for­ma­tion.”

‘HOUSE NOT BIG ENOUGH TO HOST 100 PEO­PLE’

On in­spect­ing the pa­tient’s neigh­bour­hood, se­nior cops found that he lived with 19 fam­ily mem­bers in a house built on a lit­tle over a marla (27 sq yards).

“The rooftop where the party is be­ing claimed to have taken place is 9 feet by 30 feet in size. It can­not ac­com­mo­date more than 100 guests,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

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