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Watch: Hundreds flout Covid restrictions to attend horse's funeral in India

Web report/Karnataka
Filed on May 24, 2021

Many of them weren't wearing masks and were seen flouting the state's lockdown and social distancing rules.


In a shocking video, hundreds of people can be seen thronging a funeral for a horse in Karnataka.

Video footage shows crowds of people — many of whom weren’t wearing masks — attending the funeral of the equine, which belonged to a local religious organisation in the Belagavi district.

District officials were forced to temporarily seal the village and test for new Covid cases.

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"A horse of a local religious organisation in Mastmaradi village died in the morning, following which people of the village took out a funeral procession and cremated the horse," Laxman Nimbargi, Superintendent of Police, Belgavi, told NDTV.

"The village has been sealed and an FIR has been registered. We are conducting RT-PCR tests. This village will remain sealed for next 14 days. Nobody is allowed to come in or go out."

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In an attempt to battle rising Covid cases in the state, Karnataka’s lockdown is currently set to continue till June 7.

The South Indian state has reported over 25,000 virus-related deaths so far with over 470,000 active cases.





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