With the casualties from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the authorities and the local governments have implemented partial lockdowns across the country. The law enforcers are back on the road to strictly monitor the movement of the citizens and in many cases, issuing challans to the violators. However, there are still many out there who continue to refuse to follow the guidelines. Here is one such person, who is a prominent religious leader.
The video is from Damoh, Madhya Pradesh. The person in the video is Swami Atmanand Saraswati, National Vice President of Ayodhya Ram Janmanbhoomi Nirman Trust. The authorities and police stopped his Mahindra XUV500 on the public roads because Swami Atmanand was not wearing a mask.
The cops first urged him to wear a mask, however, he kept on giving surprising excuses. He said that the prime minister of India has asked us to take care of our health and he is doing that. He also said who will be responsible if he feels suffocated in a mask and falls ill? That is why he is not wearing a mask. He repeatedly gave the excuse that the prime minister of India has asked everyone to take care of themselves and he is doing just that.
After the cops failed to plead and make him wear a mask, a senior official reached the spot and tried his luck too. However, the religious leader did not give up and continued the argument. He said that he is sitting alone in the car and does not need a mask while he was in the co-driver seat. When the cops pointed out, he said that the driver is wearing a mask and following all the rules.
In the end, after the authorities failed to plead and make him understand, they asked him to park the vehicle on the roadside. The authorities issued a challan to the person. It is not clear under which section the challan was issued to the violator.
India continues to report more than three lakh cases officially every single day for the past week. In fact, recently the number of positive cases per day has crossed four lakh per day. Many states are reeling under the influx of critical patients and the healthcare system is severely under stress.
To overcome the situation, state governments and local authorities are putting areas and even states under full lockdown for a limited time. Since the central government has decided to not put a nationwide lockdown like last year, the local government are taking action to slow down the spreading of the virus.
According to Delhi high court order, even if the person is driving the car alone, he or she has to wear a mask. The court says that a vehicle on public roads is considered a public place. So people should follow the rules and wear a mask. There are various challans set by the local government and authorities against the violators who refuse to wear a mask.