Kollam: There was an attempt to manhandle municipality officials who tried to stop a group of people who came to attend a wedding violating the health department order banning large gatherings in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
The corporation secretary filed a police complaint against an advocate who tried to manhandle the municipality officials. The town hall, where the wedding was held, has been closed down indefinitely.
The Italian national, who was in Varkala and was tested positive for COVID-19, had also visited Kollam. Following this, the district administration had taken intense safety measures and banned large public gatherings.
As part of coronavirus prevention, only 50 people or less are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies. However, violating the order, around 1,500 people took part in the wedding.
On learning about this, the municipality secretary came to the spot and asked the people to refrain from taking part in the wedding. However, the family members responded very emotionally. They abused the municipality secretary and tried to manhandle the officials.
Based on a complaint from the municipality secretary, police have taken up the matter. The district collector has also been informed about the incident.