In Madhya Pradesh, a massive crowd gathered in Sagar district on Tuesday breaking the social distancing norms to celebrate the arrival of a Jain monk. Just like several other countries, India is also going through a hard phase due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The deadly virus has claimed 2415 lives so far with over 74,281 confirmed cases ongoing in the country.
The central government today morning revealed, in the past 24 hours, fresh 3525 cases were recorded. Madhya Pradesh is one of the states most affected by the pandemic, with 3986 confirmed cases and 225 deaths. India has been locked down by PM Modi for over two months in an attempt to break the chain of transmission.
Breaking all the rules of social distancing, thousands of men and women gathered around the monk Pramansagar and his retinue in the city of Banda. The Sagar district has recorded 10 COVID-19 cases and one death till now and so under Section 144, any large gathering is completely banned.
Praveen Bhuria, Additional Superintendent of Police of Sagar district said, “Directions have been given to investigate and take action against the organisers.”
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij told reporters that if measures like social distancing and wearing of masks are not strictly followed, it will be considered as a criminal offence. He expressed concern that breaking of rules may lead to spike in cases and put pressure on the healthcare system. On Tuesday Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sought suggestions from the people of the state regarding ease of lockdown for agriculture, industries and public transport and spaces. Citizens were asked to provide their suggestion on the state government’s mygov.in portal till 4 pm.