A police inspector and sub-inspector have been suspended and booked for offering prayers at a mosque in Gujarat’s Dang district, in violation of the nation-wide Coronavirus lockdown.
Both the policemen have also been booked for violating section-188 of Indian Penal Code (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and section-51 (B) of National Disaster Management Act, 2005 (refusal to comply with the direction issued by government).
Dangs district Superintendent of Police Sweta Shrimali told media, “The police inspector (I B Ajmeri) and sub-inspector (S S Daraiya) were posted in different police stations and were deployed to enforce lockdown in view of COVID-19 cases. They were supposed to see that all places of worship are closed as notified by a district collector. Instead of enforcing these, they were found to be offering prayers along with five to six others and that’s why they have been suspended and booked.”
Surat Range Inspector General of Police, Rajkumar Pandian issued a release stating, “Despite being policemen and knowing the rules, they breached them along with other persons. A case has been registered with Ahwa (district headquarters) police station.”
Multiple reports of Muslims violating lockdown orders to offer community namaz and attacking police asking them to disperse have been reported from across the country in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, West Bengal.
There have been isolated incidents of Hindus too gathering for festivals like Ram Navami in West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana – however, no reports of Hindu devotees resisting when police dispersed them have come to light, despite a brutal, unprovoked attack on a pujari by a policeman in MP, who was later suspended.
Many mosque clerics and trustees have also been booked for hidden foreign Islamic preachers who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi which has turned into a massive super-spreader of the COVID19 disease, with almost one-third of the cases in the country being traced back to that congregation.
In other news, a Delhi police constable who was helping Tablighi Jamaatis and other corona suspects to cross Delhi-UP border has been suspended.
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