A 22 year old man was arrested in India for allegedly violating the COVID19 lockdown order and social distancing norms by celebrating his birthday with his friends on a street in south mumbai and bursting fire crackers, police said on Sunday.
The accused, Hammad Ansari, who claims to be social worker, was arrested on Saturday after he shared a video of his birthday celebration on various social media platforms, a police official said.
Ansari and his friends celebrated his birthday during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday at Madanpura. Ansari cut a cake and his friends burst loud fire crackers on a street, the official said.
Through their acts, they violated the COVID19 social distancing norms and the lockdown order. In the birthday video that Ansari had shared on Facebook, he boasted about how he celebrated the birthday despite the restrictions, he added.
Indian police registered a case against Ansari and three others under IPC sctions 188, 269 and 270 and the Disaster Management Act, the official added.
Ansari was brought to the police station and placed under arrest. However, he was immediately allowed to go after being served a notice, the official said, adding that this birthday celebration video was deleted from the social media platform.