A day after a protest demanding justice for the 20-year-old student shot dead outside her college in Faridabad turned violent, officials Monday said three people arrested for stone pelting and attempting to block the highway have tested positive for Covid-19. “The 32 people arrested for the violence were tested for Covid; three were positive. They had participated in the mahapanchayat Sunday morning as well,” said Faridabad Police PRO Sube Singh.
Police said the mahapanchayat, which saw over 500 participants, was organised at the Ballabhgarh Dussehra ground, following which a group of “anti-social elements” attempted to block NH-2. Around 200 people from the crowd allegedly pelted stones, injuring 10 personnel.
Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad, Yashpal Yadav said an advisory has been issued to all those part of the mahapanchayat and the protest to follow home quarantine for 10 days: “Covid cases have been increasing continuously for the last 10 days; more than 300 cases are emerging every day. Despite the situation being so serious, some people organised a mahapanchayat Sunday… All those who tested positive were mingling with the crowd and around the stage. People in the mahapanchayat were also not following social distancing or wearing masks, which further increases the possibility of more infections.”
PRO Singh said, “All those exposed to the positive persons are being identified through video footage and call dump analysis and asked to home quarantine.”
Commissioner of Police O P Singh said: “Faridabad Police has a positive attitude towards everyone but will not tolerate disturbance of law and order under any circumstances… We will identify all those involved in the stone pelting and take action.”
Last week, Nikita Tomar, a third-year B.Com student, was shot dead by her former classmate Tauseef and his friend. They have been arrested. “Faridabad Police stands with the victim’s family. They have been provided security. The victim’s brother was granted an arms licence for self-defense,” said the commissioner.
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