On Wednesday, a self-styled godwoman, who calls herself ‘Maa Aadi Shakti’, was arrested for hosting a religious gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria amid the nationwide lockdown over COVID-19.
A video of the incident is doing rounds on social media. The woman who is dressed in a red saree is seen brandishing a sword at the police force and speaking to them aggressively. The gathering was held to mark the Navratri festival that began on Wednesday.
In the video, the police can be heard announcing, ”Whoever has gathered, from Bihar or anywhere else, and wishes to leave, please leave because we have surrounded the area from all sides.”
Later, as the woman and the others resented, the police were forced to display force and dragged her on the ground, before taking her to custody. The UP Police also performed a lathi-charge on the accused.
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A perspective on how tough it is for @Uppolice to enforce #21daylockdown. in Deoria , this self styled god woman ‘Maa Aadi Shakti’refused to call off a religious gathering , pointed sword at cops etc. Finally
it took a‘mild’lathicharge to disperse everyonepic.twitter.com/oQsZIFlLgl
— Zia Rahman (@ZiaRahm20981007) March 25, 2020
As per reports, the woman and 12 others were arrested. Deoria Superintendent of Police Sripat Mishra was quoted as saying that they had received information about the gathering and of ‘faith-healing’ being conducted.
The officer shared that they informed them of Section 144 of the CrPC, that disallows the gathering of more than three persons, but the woman got violent at the cops. FIRs have been registered under the relevant sections of the IPC and that the arrested will be put behind bars, police said.