Balasore: The appeals of Odisha government to the people to follow the COVID-19 guidelines with a view to check the surging cases have fallen on deaf ears. People continue to organise gatherings and attend functions in large numbers violating the COVID protocols and putting lives at stake.
In another such violation in the state, a cricket match was organised at Pathan Mahalla under Soro Municipality in Balasore district on Saturday, the first day of weekend shutdown.
According to reports, about 200 persons, including the teams, were in attendance at the the night cricket match.
When Soro police and Municipal officials reached the spot on a tip-off, the gathering dispersed and fled in different directions.
Meanwhile, the village chief and organisers were asked to appear at the municipality office on Monday and on failing to do so, they will be penalised as per the government’s COVID-19 guidelines.