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Baratis dancing without masks in wedding procession: FIR filed against both parties, Rs 50,000 fine slapped on hotel owner

4/07/2020 at 5:04 PM

Berhampur, July 4: Blatant violation of Covid-19 guidelines has been reported from Gopalpur in Ganjam district after hundreds of baratis were spotted shaking their legs without masks during a marriage procession on Thursday.

A video of the entire incident has gone viral on social media raising questions on the role of police and district administration which have been struggling to contain coronavirus in the district.

In the video, hundreds of baratis were spotted dancing closely, openly violating the norms of social distancing. The baratis included people from several areas of Ganjam district.

Ganjam so far has witnessed as many as 2066 cases of Covid-19 while 20 persons have also died of the deadly virus. The district administration has also barred people of rural areas from visiting urban areas in the wake of steep rise in Covid-19 cases.

However, the district administration today levied a penalty of Rs 50000 and lodged complaints against both the parties. The car in which the groom was taken to the venue has also been impounded by the Regional Transport Office.

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