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Singapore: Indian origin men lie about vaccination status to get into a bar, get jailed

A court in Singapore has sent two Indian-origin men to five-day jail for lying about their vaccination status to gain entry to a bar amidst the COVID-19 outbreak last year.

A court in Singapore has sent two Indian-origin men to five-day jail for lying about their vaccination status to gain entry to a bar amidst the COVID-19 outbreak last year.

One named Utheyakumar Nallathamby (65) had allegedly impersonated one Rughbir Singh (37) to enter a bar in the country.

In the court, Singh revealed that he and his girlfriend met Nallathamby in September last year after which they went to Sentosa (an island resort) for drinks and decided to go to a Bikini Bar.

As Nallathamby was not vaccinated, the assistant manager of the said bar denied entry to him.

It was later revealed that after leaving Bikini Bar, Singh suggested that Nallathamby enter the bar using Singh’s TraceTogether application and vaccination status.

He further suggested that Nallathamby falsely represent himself as Singh.

Nallathamby agreed to Singh’s suggestions and took the man’s mobile phone. He then went to Coastes bar with the woman while Singh waited outside.

The accused was consuming drinks when the assistant manager spotted him and recalled that she denied entry to him as he was unvaccinated.

Later, she told her counterpart at Coastes and its operations manager then conducted a check on the phone in Nallathamby’s possession.

The man then found out that the device belonged to Singh and reported the matter to a duty manager of Sentosa Development Corporation.

First Published: 29th April, 2022 15:32 IST

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