“On a day when Karnataka registered its highest daily spike in the number of new coronavirus cases, thousands came out to participate in a religious procession in Kalaburagi district and openly defied the nationwide lockdown,” India Today reported.
These people were participating in the Siddalingeshwara fair.
Videos from the fair show thousands of people pulling a chariot as part of the festivities with complete disregard for social distancing norms. The participants were seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder as they pulled the towering chariot with hundreds looking on.
The fair was organised in Chittapur taluk of Kalaburagi district. The district police have registered a case in the matter.
#Rawoor Villagers in Gulbarga district defy lockdown and took part in a (Siddhalingeswara) chariot festival.
Gulbarga is one of the worst affected. India’s first #Covid19India death was reported from my District. Should take action against organizers. @KlbDistPolice pic.twitter.com/Myt6TJJ3cN
— Syed Aleem Ilahi (@AleemIlahi) April 16, 2020
Incidentally, Kalaburagi is the same district where India’s first Covid-19 related death took place in early March.
Meanwhile, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka touched 315 on Thursday. This includes 82 people who have recovered and 13 who have died in the state so far.
On April 10, news agency ANI reported that a BJP MLA from Turuvekere M Jayaram celebrated his birthday with villagers in Gubbi taluk, Tumkur, even though nationwide lockdown was on.
Another incident is from Tamil Nadu where people from Muduvarapati village of Madurai participated in the funeral of a Jallikattu/ temple bull.
Acoording to a report published in India Today, people from Muduvarapati village in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai participated in the funeral of a Jallikattu/ temple bull.
The shocking visuals show people flouting social distancing norms and Section 144.
FIR has been registered against people who conducted the funeral.
The bull named Mulli was a popular Jallikattu bull and people from across the district mainly bull tamers and people joined in to pay respect to the bull. The bull belonged to a temple in Muduvarpati, a region near Allanganallur.
The bull is said to be a winner in most of the races that it has participated in. The bull was taken on a procession across the village before the last rites were conducted.