Polio Deaths Rumour: Accused Srinagar youth gets bail

SRINAGAR: A court here granted bail to a youth arrested by police last month for spreading rumours about the death of children due to polio drops in Kashmir.
The accused, Irshad Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Pirbagh Srinagar, had allegedly initiated the rumour: “Reports coming that polio vaccine used today (January 17) was expired or toxic, huge number of children got fever, even some death rumours circulating around.”
The rumour led to panic, prompting police to register a case against him under section 505 (B) of the RPC (statements conducing to public mischief). Irshad was arrested on January 20.
The court of the second additional session’s judge here granted him bail on the grounds that the offence committed by him was not punishable with death or life imprisonment.
The police had objected to the bail application, saying the accused was involved in heinous offences and may tamper with the prosecution witnesses, if released.
However, the court said the accused was entitled to bail as the investigation in the case for the commission of offence under Section 505 of the RPC, “which is a special offence triable by a Special Judge”, is not complete despite the lapse.