Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a senior Muslim cleric on Sunday, flouting Covid-19 protocols and a state-wide lockdown in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Qazi Hazrat Abdul Hameed Mohammed Salimul Qadri died Sunday afternoon in Badaun district and as news of his death spread, people started collecting, Praveen Chauhan, a senior police official, told CNN.
“He was beloved in the community so people came to pay their respects,” said Chauhan.
He added that there was a curfew but the area is such that even with barricades and check points in place people were able to get in. If not for the Covid-19 restrictions, the crowd would have been in hundreds of thousands, he said.
On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh extended its current lockdown until May 17 as India continues to battle the second wave.
Local police have filed a complaint against “unknown people” and are currently investigating the incident.
No arrests have been made yet.