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Caught red handed? Peru mayor plays dead to escape arrest after flouting lockdown rules

It remains unknown where Torres and his friends met to drink or why a coffin was available with them.

May 27, 2020 / 09:29 PM IST

A picture of Jaime Rolando Urbina Torres – the mayor of a small town in Peru called Tantara – playing dead to escape arrest, has gone viral on social media.

The picture of Torres lying in a coffin was clicked by one of the police personnel who had arrived at his residence last week to arrest him for flouting lockdown rules and going out drinking with his friends.

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He was reportedly drunk at the time of his arrest too. A Twitter user shared an image of him, claiming the same. The tweet read: "In an inebriated state, Jaime Torres, mayor of Tantará in Huancavelica (Peru), violated social isolation and pretended to avoid arrest."

It remains unknown where Torres and his friends met to drink or why a coffin was available with them.

The incident came to light at a time when Torres is already being criticised for absenteeism from public works and shrugging off responsibility amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Peru has recorded 1,29,751 coronavirus positive cases so far, including 3,788 deaths. The country has been under lockdown for the past 66 days.

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first published: May 27, 2020 09:29 pm
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