Agra: Police have registered a case against 150 people, including 100 women, for allegedly removing a “grand procession" to bury a cow's carcass in Aligarh on Thursday, and defying the Covid-19 lockdown norms.
A case has been registered against 25 identified and 125 unidentified persons under sections 188 (disobedience) and 269 (act likely to spread infection) of IPC and section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, after a video of the lockdown violation went viral on social media.
Confirming this, Civil Lines circle officer Anil Samaniya said that the locals took out the procession in Memdi village on Thursday morning.
Police said that since cow is taken into account a "holy animal", people usually perform its last rites. This abandoned cow was sick for the past few days and was found near a country store owned by one Dinesh Chandra Sharma. Locals then decided to organise the last rites with full honour.
Sharma, the overall store owner, said, “If someone took part within the funeral at their own will, how am i able to stop them? I took her for the burial. there's nothing wrong in it. i'm able to face any action."
Another resident Mani Singh said that the cow was staying within the village for the past a few years and it had been their responsibility to offer the cow an honourable funeral. “We don’t have any regrets for removing the procession," he said.
People, who gathered to witness the cow’s funeral, because it skilled the streets, said that they violated all social distancing norms and weren’t even wearing face masks.