Ahmedabad, July 11
Police arrested 21 individuals for organising and collaborating in a spiritual occasion and procession at a village in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat on Friday regardless of a ban on gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an official stated.
After being alerted in regards to the occasion, police reached Paliyad village and stopped the procession mid-way and an offence was registered in opposition to the organisers later, the official stated.
The organisers have been booked underneath IPC part 188 for defying the police order banning every kind of gathering in view of the coronavirus pandemic, he stated.
“The accused were also charged under the Disaster Management Act and were sent for coronavirus test as per the guidelines,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kalol taluka division, V N Solanki, stated.
He stated, “Despite a ban on gatherings, some individuals of Paliyad village had organised a spiritual occasion within the premises of a temple and invited villagers to participate in it.
We learnt that an elephant was additionally used on this mass gathering-cum-procession.”
Gandhinagar district collector Kuldeep Arya stated round 2,500 individuals had gathered in that village to participate within the occasion.
“As soon as we learnt about this gathering in the morning, the Sub Divisional Magistrate and Deputy Superintendent of Police were sent to the spot, who asked the organisers to stop the event. We had not given any permission to the organisers for this programme,” Arya added.
In the ‘Unlock 2’, temples can stay open, however gatherings of any form are banned as per authorities pointers. PTI