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UP Man Calls COVID-19 Helpline for Samosas and Gets it Too but Ends up Cleaning Drains as Punishment

The man allegedly called the emergency headline several times and demanded samosas before the cops obliged | Image credit: Twitter

The man allegedly called the emergency headline several times and demanded samosas before the cops obliged | Image credit: Twitter

All those calling UP Police for inessential requests things like pizza, paan and liquor are being made to sweep roads and clean drains.

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  • Last Updated: March 31, 2020, 6:24 PM IST
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Nine days into the lockdown, people are now craving for their favourite food and some are reaching out to the police helpline to satiate their desire.

To keep up with the rising needs of assistance among the lockdown, the government has set up emergency police and District Magistrate helplines that residents across all states can call for essential services in case of emergencies.

However, the helpline in Uttar Pradesh seems to have been flooded with people asking authorities for urgent deliveries of snacks, junk food and sweetmeats.

On Sunday, for instance, a particularly "hangry" man from Rampur sent an SOS to the police and DM's office, asking for four samosas 'with chutney'.

After he made repeated calls and harassed the authorities, the police decided to provide him with four samosas. But as soon as he finished with the snack, the district magistrate asked him to clean a drain as punishment.

Rampur district magistrate Aunjaneya Kumar Singh said that he had decided to shame those who were misusing the facility provided during the lockdown.

All those doing so are being made to sweep roads and clean drains.

"We are receiving several calls on our helpline number in which people are asking for pizza and samosas. So, we have decided to punish such callers in order to discourage others who are taking advantage of the situation," he stated.

The punishment? Cleaning drains and sweeping roads in return of the misuse.

A police officer in Lucknow said that they have been getting calls for 'paan', pizza and, yes, even liquor.

"One caller said that he was getting serious withdrawal symptoms because he did not get his quota of liquor. We asked him to call up a doctor instead," the officer said.

Some children have also been calling up the helpline asking for ice-creams, pastries and even a football.

However, the police are taking care to respond to genuine callers. A pregnant teacher was provided food when she called the helpline. In another "sweet" gesture, cops in Lucknow even delivered four rasgullas to him.

UP DM's Twitter handle has also been tweeting images of all defaulters who were caught misusing the helpline and were later made to clean drains and sweep roads.

(With inputs from IANS)


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