03:29 GMT04 April 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Police in India were unprepared for an altercation that took place after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the ongoing coronavirus which has already infected over 600.

    Police in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had a tough time when a self-identified 'goddess' tried to defy the lockdown orders.

    It happened as the self-proclaimed goddess, dressed in a traditional red saree, brandished a sword at police and refused to call off her religious gathering.

    Despite police warnings of unpleasant consequences, the woman attempted to defy the health order. Police resorted to a baton scuffle to disperse the crowd and dragged the sword-wielding woman into a police vehicle.

    A religious gathering had been announced on the occasion of the Hindu 'Chaitra Navratra' festival, a nine-day period of fasting and praying dedicated to the different forms of goddess Shakti (Power) who is believed by adherents to act as a mother-figure protecting mankind from evils.

    The woman was reportedly inspired by her own interpretation of Shakti and attempted to scare police away.

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