New Delhi: Amid sharp rises in coronavirus cases across the nation, the streets of Raja Bazar in Kolkata, West Bengal, were on Monday seen flooded with people roaming around, flouting social distancing norms. Also Read - West Bengal News: Mamata Government Minister Tests Covid-19 Positive, Met Many People in Howrah
A video was shared by news agency ANI, that went viral across social media platforms, where people were seen in groups and in close distance with each other as they were buying essential items from the market on the first day of Ramzan. Also Read - West Bengal News: Highest Spike in COVID-19 Cases on Day When It Resumes Flights, Trains in State
However, the West Bengal government has dismissed the video stating that it is a fake video from a street in Metiabruz. Also Read - West Bengal News: Week After Cyclone Amphan, Kolkata Hit by Gusty Winds, Downpour
Notably, the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal has been at a war of words with the Centre for sending central teams to the state to scrutinise lockdown measures. Inter-ministerial teams were also sent to the state today to take stock of situation relating to COVID-19.
The team stationed in Kolkata, which is led by a senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Defence Apurba Chandra, visited Garden Reach, Ekbalpur, Khidderpore, Mominpur, Chetla and Kalighat areas in the south and southwestern parts of the city. They were escorted by Kolkata Police personnel.
Chandra and his team stopped took a video recording of people buying essential commodities at a crowded market in Khidderpore area, and derived that people in the eastern state are not taking the lockdown seriously.