New Delhi: An employee of tech giant Infosys was on Friday arrested by the Bengaluru Police after he wrote a Facebook post, urging people to ‘go out and sneeze’ to spread the highly-contagious coronavirus infection that has thus far infected over 700 people in India, 17 of whom have died. Also Read - Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine Not to be Sold Without Prescription, Orders Centre
Notably, the employee, identified as Mujeeb Mohammed, was also sacked by the company, which took cognisance of his post and found it to be ‘against the company’s code of conduct and its commitment to responsible social sharing.’ Also Read - Coronavirus: 919 Deaths in Italy on Friday, Worst Single-Day Death Toll in The World
In a statement on its official Twitter account, the tech giant wrote: “Infosys has completed its investigation on the social media post by one of its employees and we believe that this is not a case of mistaken identity.” Also Read - COVID-19 in India: Total Death Toll Climbs to 23, Positive Cases Surge to 918 | Top Developments
“The social media post by the employee is against Infosys’ code of conduct and its commitment to responsible social sharing. Infosys has a zero tolerance policy towards such acts and has accordingly, terminated the services of the employee,” the tweet further stated.
“Let’s join hands, go out and sneeze with open mouth in public. Spread the virus,” the employee had earlier written in the said Facebook post, triggering massive outrage.
Karnataka has thus far recorded more than 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including three deaths, one of which was also the country’s first casualty due to the pandemic.
Earlier, the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi had suspended a professor who claimed on Twitter that he had ‘intentionally failed’ 15 of his non-Muslim students as they didn’t support protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
He, however, later said that it was a ‘sarcastic’ tweet, and ‘was not meant to be taken seriously.’