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Surat Police arrests 25 chicken sellers after crowds throng shops

After Surat district administration authorities shut down shops run by the Agricultural Produce & Livestock Market Committees (APMC), people flocked Zampa Bazaar to stock up on chicken.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published: April 6, 2020 5:32:36 pm
Vadodara forest department, Vadodara elephant tusk, indian express news  The shop owners have been booked under sections of the Epidemic Disease Act and for violating orders on unlawful assembly. (Representational Image)

The Surat Police has arrested 25 chicken sellers from Zampa Bazaar late on Sunday after large crowds thronged their shops amid the coronavirus lockdown. The shop owners have been booked under sections of the Epidemic Disease Act and for violating orders on unlawful assembly.

After Surat district administration authorities shut down shops run by the Agricultural Produce & Livestock Market Committees (APMC), people flocked Zampa Bazaar to stock up on chicken.

However, Mahidharpura police station officials reached the spot after being tipped off about the large gathering.

Mahidharpura Police inspector Pradip Arya said, “The lanes to these shops are narrow and even there are people seated on the roadside selling vegetables. So it seemed crowded and even due to shut down of Sardar Patel APMC market people more in numbers had come to purchase chickens.”

The 25 sellers were granted bail after assuring police they wouldn’t sell meat till the lockdown period ends.

Meanwhile, a person living in the market area had tested positive for coronavirus. Health department officials said he got infected through the local transmission. The entire area has been sealed and nearly 6,000 people have been put under home quarantine after surveying 1,500 houses.

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