Madhya Pradesh: Thousands Flout Social Distancing Norms As Crowd Gathers To Welcome Monk Pramansagar

Additional Superintendent of Police (Sagar) said that directions have been given to investigate and take action against the organisers.

Madhya Pradesh   |   14 May 2020 6:41 AM GMT
Writer : Sumanti Sen | Editor : Shubhendu Deshmukh
Madhya Pradesh: Thousands Flout Social Distancing Norms As Crowd Gathers To Welcome Monk Pramansagar

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Social distancing went for a toss in Madhya Pradesh's Banda after a huge crowd gathered to welcome monk Pramansagar and his retinue on May 12.


"Directions have been given to investigate and take action against the organisers," NDTV quoted Praveen Bhuria, Additional Superintendent of Police (Sagar), as saying. He added that social distancing norms and orders banning large gatherings (under Section 144) were violated.

So far, the Sagar district has recorded 10 COVID-19 cases and one death.

Several incidents of people violating social distancing norms across the country prompted Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij to call for this to be made a criminal offence. The Home Minister had said that if people continue to violate measures like social distancing and wearing masks amid the COVID-19 crisis, there might as well be a spike in cases, which will, in turn, put pressure on the healthcare system.

In another incident this month, hundreds of people gathered on Tikiapara lane in Kolkata's Howrah amid the COVID-19 lockdown after the police had called for a peace march. This is the same place where days before this incident, police were attacked by a mob when they had tried to disperse a huge crowd that had assembled on Tikiapara lane. This time, however, the crowd was led by the police themselves on May 3.

Also Read: Kolkata: Social Distancing Goes For A Toss As Hundreds Gather In Howrah After Police Call For Peace March

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