Uttar Pradesh MLA, Aman Mani Tripathi has been arrested by Uttarakhand Police for breaking the lockdown rules and travelling in a convoy of luxury SUVs during this period. The independent MLA was trying to reach Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines with 11 other people in cars. When the cops in Uttarakhand stopped the group, Aman Mani Tripathi said that he is going to offer prayers for the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s father, who passed away last month.
Aman Mani Tripathi used the same excuse to secure special permission from the Uttarakhand Additional Secretary Om Prakash. The MLA was travelling with nine other people in three different cars. The convoy consisting of a Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and another SUV was stopped on Sunday night after they crossed four states across the two states in Pauri district of Uttrakhand.
The MLA and the people travelling with him misbehaved with the police and threatened the officials of the district. They also abused the officials and said that they have a lot of connections and have power. The cops also revealed that he had permission for only 9 people with three people in each car after maintaining social distancing. However, all three cars had four people each.
At the barricade of Karnaprayag, an argument ensued between them and the administration officials and doctors present at the barrier for screening. After a heated argument and exchange of words, the group was forced to return. An FIR was lodged against all the people and they were served notice and were arrested. Later they were sent back to Uttar Pradesh.
Yogi Adityanath denied any connection with the incident and said no such permission has been granted. It should be noted that the group was travelling in Toyota Fortuner SUVs and were planning to reach Kedarnath and Badrinath. The holy shrines located in Uttarakhand are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are no plans to open the shrines for the devotees in the coming weeks.
There are many who have been using fake MLA stickers and passes to go past the police barricades across India. The current lockdown, which is the second extension of the original lockdown is in effect till 17th May 2020. The current lockdown offers a few exemptions to the people but the general citizens of the country are still expected to remain in the house except for buying essentials.
The government have identified zones in the country and have divided them according to the number of cases. The highest cases coming from the red zones, which have been sealed completely. No activity is allowed inside such zones and no one can enter or leave the red zones for the quarantine period. The green zones are the safest ones and maximum relaxation have been provided for the residents of these zones.