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80 held in Sabarkantha for religious procession to protect against COVID


Police arrested over 80 people after a video went viral showing them attending a religious procession to protect their village from COVID in Prantij taluka in Sabarkantha. Needless to say, the procession sent COVID norms for a toss.

Media reports said over a hundred people from Lalpur village took out the procession on May 22 to perform a ritual to ensure the safety of their village from COVID.

Police have registered a complaint and have so far identified 28 people who participated in the event. In all 83 people have been arrested so far.

A case was registered under the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Disaster Management Act, and under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Other public events to ‘protect against COVID’

The village in Shilaj’s Palodia saw women gathered to perform a religious ceremony to protect the village from coronavirus and during the ceremony did not bother to have a mask or maintain social distancing. The incident too came to light after a video of the same went viral

After the video went viral the police swung into action and booked 10 people including the sarpanch of the village for coronavirus protocol violations.

On May 6 an event involving a religious crowd in Dehgam’s Raipur village in Gandhinagar came to light where coronavirus norms were thrown to the wind.

A crowd had gathered at a religious function held in the village on May 4 which also saw a procession to the Badiyadev temple in the village. A video of the same also went viral and the local police booked 46 people for violating the norms including the organizers of the event.

Earlier 24 people were booked for organising a religious event purportedly against COVID and violating the norms in Sanand taluka of Ahmedabad district.

The case came to light after a video went viral that showed thousands of women congregating in a village in Sanand as part of a religious event held to pray for deliverance from COVID.


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