18:44 GMT01 December 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): With over 4,000 COVID-19 patients, the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is one of the worst hit parts of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been telling people to maintain "do gaz doori " (two yards distance) to break the chain of transmission of the virus.

    Hundreds of citizens thronged the streets of Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district to celebrate the arrival of a group of Jain monks, flouting social distancing norms.

    Videos of people defying social distancing measures flooded social media on Wednesday as several raised concerns and lashed out at local authorities for allowing people to gather amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    A group of Jain monks, headed by Muni Pranam Sagar, arrived in Banda which is about 35km from the district headquarters. Jains are the people who follow Jainism. The monks denounce all worldly possessions and live without clothes, going "skyclad", in order to live a totally ascetic life. 

    An investigation has been launched into the matter after the videos went viral on social media.

    "Directions have been given to investigate and take action against the organisers," Praveen Bhuria, Additional Superintendent of Police (Sagar), said, adding that both social distancing norms and orders banning large gatherings (under Section 144), had apparently been violated.

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