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Case Filed Against Maharashtra Shop Owner Over Misleading Ad for Mattress Claiming to Cure Coronavirus

The shop owner allegedly published an advertisement in a Gujarati newspaper claiming that the novel coronavirus can be cured or prevented by sleeping on a special kind of mattress sold in his shop.

PTI

Updated:March 18, 2020, 5:17 PM IST
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Case Filed Against Maharashtra Shop Owner Over Misleading Ad for Mattress Claiming to Cure Coronavirus
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Mumbai: A case was registered on Wednesday against the owner of a furniture shop at Bhiwandi in Thane district for issuing a misleading advertisement which claimed that mattress sold at his shop cure the coronavirus.

The accused, whose name was not disclosed by the police, owns two furniture showrooms in Bhiwandi.

On March 13, he allegedly published an advertisement in a Gujarati newspaper that the novel coronavirus can be

cured or prevented by sleeping on a special kind of mattress which he sold.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajkumar Shinde said a First Information Report (FIR) was registered on a complaint

by the medical officer of Kharbhav Primary Health Centre under IPC section 505(2) (statements conducing to public mischief) as well as The Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements)Act, 1954.

When the police questioned the shop owner, he could not produce any medical proof to back his advertisement, the

DCP said.

No arrest has been made yet as an investigation was in progress, he added.

Action will be taken against anyone spreading misinformation about the coronavirus in print, tv or any other

media, DCP Shinde warned.

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