Certificate/ representative pic
Certificate/ representative pic

Thane, June 30: A 55-year-old man, a teacher by profession, was shocked after he received a call from Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to collect his death certificate. Chandrashekar Joshi, a resident of Thane, then visited the war room of TMC to see the status of the call and found it was updated by the India Council of Medical research.

Chandrashekhar Joshi has been residing in Manpada, Ghodbunder Road, Thane since the last 20 years.

He resides with his 80-year-old mother, wife and three kids. Joshi is a teacher at Ghatkopar-based school in Mumbai.

"On Tuesday afternoon at around 12:30 pm, I received a call from a woman who claimed to be from TMC. She confirmed my name and address and told me to collect the death certificate of Chandrashekar Joshi from the TMC office. Shocked, I questioned her. I am the same Joshi and how can I be dead. The caller disconnected the call. After completing my work, I visited the war room of TMC to get clarification about it," added Joshi.

After visiting the war room Joshi started inquiry about the call. He informed senior officials at the war room that he is alive.

"The senior official alleged that she got the Data from ICMR and accordingly they made the call to him. She also gave me a print of the death certificate. As per the printed certificate, I was reported dead on April 22, 2021. It also mentions that I was Covid positive ten months ago. The woman official claimed it’s not her fault and they are following the ICMR data and have prepared the certificate," added Joshi who claims even if he tested positive in August 2020, he was at home quarantined at his friend's place.

"If such is the situation with a teacher, what will be of a common man? Such many certificates would be out during the pandemic. The authorities should carry out and study to check the false data," added Joshi, claiming the family was completely tensed after hearing the news. We tried calling Sandeep Malvi, Public relation officer of TMC, but he was unavailable for comment.

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