Amid national lockdown, 80-100 people assemble at graveyard in Karnataka, FIR registered

South India

According to the police report, an FIR was registered against 80-100 people for violating the lockdown as they gathered for cremation at a graveyard in Kalaburagi city on Saturday. 


"80-100 people gathered for cremation at a graveyard in Kalaburagi city amid lockdown. The case has been registered at Roza Police Station against 5 named persons and others," Kishore Babu, Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) told ANI.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), only a group of 20 persons are allowed to assemble for funeral or last rites ceremony of a deceased person. Thus, the number of people who had gathered at the graveyard here surpassed the permissible limit. 

The DCP also informed that Kalaburagi city police have seized around 4,200 vehicles till date for violating coronavirus lockdown. Police are also conducting special drives to enforce lockdown in the city.

On Saturday, Karnataka recorded 25 new covid-19 positive cases, taking the tally to 384.

“As of 5:00 PM of 18 April 2020, 384 covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, it includes 14 deaths & 104 discharges," the health department said in a statement on Saturday.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14.

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from ANI

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