Police in northern India’s Himachal Pradesh are investigating at least two cases of people using fake Chinese coronavirus E-passes — one bearing the name of former U.S. President Donald Trump and another of the famous Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan — to enter the region during an ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
“HP [Himachal Pradesh] Police is in receipt of a complaint regarding fake registration in the name of Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the Covid [Chinese coronavirus] e-pass platform,” the Himachal Pradesh State Police Department wrote in a Twitter statement issued May 7.
HP Police is in receipt of a complaint regarding fake registration in the name of Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the Covid e-pass platform. Shimla Police is registering a FIR under relevant sections of IPC and IT Act for further legal action.@CMOHimachal
— Himachal Pradesh Police (@himachalpolice) May 7, 2021
“The passes were under [the] essential service provider category. The one in the name of ‘Donald Trumph’ [sic] called him the son of ‘Mark Jones’ and said he was to visit ‘Parkash Sharma.’ The other said Bachhan, the son of ‘Harbans Rai Bachhan’, was to meet ‘Rajiv Sehjal.’ The passes were valid for May 7 only,” the Times of India reported on May 8.