A gathering of more than 100 people attended the funeral procession of an Islamic cleric named Qazi Hazrat Abdul Hameed Mohammad Salim Qadri in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, with increasing cases of Covid-19 infection and mortality.
Due to increasing cases, the Uttar Pradesh government on 9 May decided to extend the curfew period in the state to 17 May. Despite strict rules in place, many reportedly gathered, openly citing norms of social distance.
According to media reports, Hameed Mohammad Salimul Qadri died in the afternoon of 8 May. According to The Newsroom Post, the Uttar Pradesh Police has registered a case against unknown people under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and The Epidic Act. Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma told the publication, “An FIR has been lodged against unknown people for breaking the Kovid protocol and gathering in large numbers in the procession. An FIR was registered under the Indian Penal Code 188 (in violation of prohibitory orders), the Pandemic Act and other related sections of the IPC. “
In more disheartening news from the state, dozens of unknown and some partially burnt bodies were found floating in the Yamuna river in the Hamirpur district. According to government officials and locals, many families now prefer to lay the corpses in the river as a funeral, rather than cremating them, out of fear of growing cases of Covid-19.