Mumbai: Amid coronavirus lockdown, about 150 people gathered for the funeral of Null bazaar resident who died a natural death on May 7, in violation of social distancing norms. The deceased was reportedly affiliated to the Raza Academy.
The Dongri branch of Mumbai police filed an offence against 125 people, including Saeed Noori, the founding member of Raza Academy, for performing funeral namaz.
According to police, as many as 150 people who gathered for the funeral had refused to abide by the police instructions urging them to maintain social distancing.
Avinash Dharamadhikari, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Dongri division), said, “Despite our opposition to performing funeral namaz, they ignored our protests and continued with their rites, keeping the coffin on the road and violating social distancing norms.”
The police have booked Saeed Noori, Salim Batawala, Hasabhai, Munnabhai and 120 others under Sections 188 of disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant, 269(negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 of “Malignant Act” for likely spread of disease dangerous to life.