Devotees defied Covid-safety norms as hundreds gathered in Ahmedabad district for a religious procession. The police have arrested 23 people for organising the event
Covid-19 protocols were openly flouted in Ahmedabad district as hundreds of devotees gathered for a religious event organised to ‘eradicate coronavirus.’ The police swung into action after a video of the religious procession went viral.
The incident took place on May 3 in Navpura village in Sanand taluka in Ahmedabad district. The police have arrested 23 people, including the village head, for flouting Covid-19 norms.
According to a police officer, villagers gathered for the religious procession as they believed that coronavirus will go away if water is poured on Bailyadev temple.
KT Kamariya, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sanand Division, said, “Women had gathered in large numbers carrying water pots. A police team rushed to the spot on the same day and arrested 23 villagers, including sarpanch Gafabhai Thakor, for organising this event.”
He added that all the accused have been booked for violating a police notification regarding public gatherings under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act.