Guj: 46 held for taking out procession to ”eradicate COVID-19”

Guj: 46 held for taking out procession to ”eradicate COVID-19”

Ahmedabad, May 6 (PTI) Police have arrested 46 people
for taking out a religious procession at a village in
Gandhinagar district to “eradicate coronavirus”, an official
said on Thursday.

This is the second such incident in Gujarat in the
last few of days.

All COVID-19 prevention norms were allegedly violated
during the latest procession taken out in Raipur village of
Gandhinagar on Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent of Police M K
Rana said.

In a video that went viral on social media platforms
on Thursday, around 100 men and women, many without masks,
were seen participating in a procession in the village.

While women were carrying water pots on their heads,
several men were leading the procession while beating drums.

“After being alerted about the incident, we have
arrested 46 men involved in taking out the procession,” Rana

A section of people from the village believed
coronavirus could be eradicated by pouring water on a local
temple of their deity, he said.

All the 46 accused were booked for violating police
notification regarding gatherings under section 188 of the
Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Disaster Management
Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act, the official said.

On May 3, a similar incident took place at Navapura
village in Ahmedabad where a large number of women carrying
water pots on their heads took out a procession to a local
temple, believing that pouring water on the temple would
eradicate COVID-19.

Police had arrested 23 people, including the village
sarpanch, for organising the event.

The Gujarat government has already imposed a ban on
all kinds of gatherings in the state in the wake of a surge in
coronavirus cases.

On Wednesday, Gujarat reported 12,955 new coronavirus
cases, raising its tally to 6,33,427, while 133 deaths pushed
the toll to 7,912, as per the state health department. PTI PJT

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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