Five arrested after scores of people attend temple chariot festival in Karnataka

On Friday, five were arrested after scores of people attended temple chariot festival in Karnataka village violating lockdown norms.

Violating the lockdown norms, the chariot festival of a local Lord Shiva temple was organised with the participation of a large number of devotees in Kalaburagi district, a COVID-19 hotspot in Karnataka. Five organisers of the event have been arrested while the area sub-inspector of police and a district official suspended in connection with the incident.

The annual chariot festival of Lord Siddalingeshwara temple in Ravoor village in Chittapur taluk was organised on Thursday morning for about 15-20 minutes despite the management agreeing not to go ahead with it in view of the lockdown.

Kalaburagi is one of the major COVID-19 hotspots where the first coronavirus death in the country had taken place. Till Thursday, the district has reported 20 positive cases, including three deaths. There are 14 active cases undergoing treatment in the district.

Karnataka registered 12 new Covid positive cases in the past 19 hours, comprising a teenager boy among 11 male patients, raising the state's tally to 371, an official said on Saturday. Discharges rose by four in the past 19 hours from 88 to 92.

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