Berhampur: Throwing Covid restriction guidelines to wind, a group of villagers were seen dancing to the tune of loud DJ music while taking out a marriage procession, banned by the government due to rising cases of Coronavirus, in Baranga area under Patrapur block in Ganjam district.
The incident has come to light after a video clip showing the entire act of blatant Covid lockdown guidelines violation went viral on social media.
In the video, it could be seen that hundreds of people irrespective of age were dancing to the tune of DJ escorting the groom in a grand procession.
The event seems to be an open challenge to the administration which had completely banned such programme with capping the guest gathering at 25 only in case of wedding events.
According to reports, this was not the lone incident when the public had clearly violated the covid protocols. There were several such programmes when the village had witnessed such violations in past during the lockdown period.
While the district administration and police are on toes to enforce lockdown restrictions effectively, breach of protocols in public has raised many eyebrows.
A similar marriage procession was also reported from the district where two brothers as groom were seen taking horse ride while hundreds of fellow villagers were busy dancing to high intensity DJ. The incident occurred at Godarpali under Hinjilicut in the district. The party revelers were seen shaking legs amid heavy crowd with no masks.
On being informed, police had raided the event and detained three persons in this connection. The marriage feast prepared for the villagers were also distributed among needy in Hinjili NAC area.
On the other hand, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said he has ordered a probe into the incident and is examining the viral video as well.
Action will be taken as per law against those who are found involved in the act, he said.