New Delhi: Interpol has cautioned the law enforcement agencies including the ones in India to beware of COVID-19 contaminated letters that can be sent to target the political figures.
In the latest guidelines issued by the Interpol, the law enforcement agencies across the globe should remain vigilant and increase monitoring based on various modus operandi that refers to deliberate acts with the actual risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
The agency said in the guidelines that there have been instances of individuals spitting and coughing in the faces of the law enforcement officers, health practitioners, and other essential workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization added that even though there is a limited risk, there are few cases of “threatening letters” allegedly contaminated with the viral infection to target the political figures.
Instances of individuals spitting and coughing in the faces of law enforcement officers, health practitioners and essential workers to intimidate them. This could represent a risk if these individuals are infected with Covid-19,” the guidelines said.
“Attempts at deliberate contamination by spitting and coughing on surfaces and objects have been reported. Despite limited risk, a few cases of threatening letters allegedly contaminated with Covid-19 targeted political figures. This modus operandi could also target other vulnerable groups,” it said.