The District Magistrate of West Tripura Shailesh Kumar Yadav carried out raids at two marriage venues, where people had gathered in large numbers despite rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. As per reports, the incident took place on Monday night, when Yadav went to two wedding halls and ordered their closure for violating the night curfew order issued under Section 144 of CrPC. The police have detained 31 people from the marriage parties, including 19 women.
A video of Yadav has gone viral on social media, where he can be seen lashing out at those attending the wedding. The clip showed West Tripura District Magistrate Shailesh Kumar Yadav entering the marriage halls and asking people to vacate the premises immediately. He could be seen manhandling a groom and his relatives and holding other guests by their necks. He even tore up a written permission for the wedding signed by himself.
Officials said that Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has asked the Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar to submit a report about the DM’s actions in dealing with the marriage ceremonies that defied the night curfew and the SOPs. Tripura administration has enforced a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am and has also capped the number of guests for any event at 100 to check the spread of Covid in the state.
Later, on Tuesday, April 27, District Magistrate Shailesh Kumar Yadav, apologized for disrupting a marriage at Manikya Court in Tripura, saying," All I did was done during the night curfew period last night and was for the benefit and wellbeing of the people. My intention was not to hurt or humiliate the sentiments of anyone." Yadav told reporters on Tuesday.