Activist moves Allahabad HC to stop UP Govt from taking coercive action against volunteers asking for oxygen on social media
Saket Gokhale, an activist, has moved the Allahabad High Court and requested an injunction against the Uttar Pradesh government not to take coercive measures against people who seek oxygen and other medical help on social media platforms.
At the same time, the activist sought the protection of independent volunteers who help the COVID-19 patients and their families by collecting the necessary information on oxygen and other medical help on social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
The activist said that Amethi Police recently booked a boy under various sections of India’s Criminal Code because he came up with false information regarding COVID-19. The boy had asked for clues about oxygen availability on Twitter because his grandfather was critical.
The activist alleged that filing criminal cases against such individuals and volunteers constituted an abuse of power in the hands of the state. He also stated that the government is trying to preserve its image and cover up its own failures in dealing with the second wave of COVID-19.
The activist stated that such coercive measures violate the fundamental right to freedom (Article 21) and freedom of expression and expression (Article 19).
The activist highlighted the miserable condition of patients and their families, who knock on every door for help and save the lives of their loved ones.
Recently, the Prime Minister of Uttar Pradesh ordered police officers to monitor individuals attempting to spread rumors of lack of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh and gave instructions to properly investigate such cases.