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'Sh*t Hit the Fan': Andhra's Cow Dung Fight During Ugadi Amid Covid-19 Surge Sparks Outrage

By: Buzz Staff

News18.com

Last Updated: April 16, 2021, 12:37 IST

Nearly 4,000 people from Kurnool’s Kairuppala village divided themselves into two groups and hurled cow dung cakes at each other. (Credit: ANI/Twitter screen shot)

Nearly 4,000 people from Kurnool’s Kairuppala village divided themselves into two groups and hurled cow dung cakes at each other. (Credit: ANI/Twitter screen shot)

Not a single person in the cow dung fight crowd was seen wearing a mask, let alone follow social distancing norms. The now viral videos have elicited some angry and very justified reactions on social media.

As India continues to battle a brute surge of coronavirus cases across states, visuals from Kurnool on Thursday caused massive outrage on social media as thousands were seen celebrating Ugadi festival in Andhra Pradesh– which also reported double the infections. People took to the streets to celebrate Ugadi (Telugu New Year), in blatant violation of Covid-19 guidelines. Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh also recorded over 5,000 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

In the videos that have now gone viral on social media, nearly 4,000 people from Kurnool’s Kairuppala village threw cow dung cakes at each other whilst being divided themselves into two groups. The incident was a day after Ugadi when a religious procession of the local deity, Lord Veerabhadra Swamy was taken out. Local folklore says the cow dung throwing ritual known as ‘Pidakalam Samaram’ is carried out to bring in peace and harmony between different communities.

Amid loud festive cheers, not a single person in the crowd was seen wearing a mask, let alone follow social distancing norms. In the wake of the deadly second wave, even as the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led state government has barred mass gatherings and made it mandatory for people to wear masks, huge crowds were seen at the festivities.

The now viral videos have elicited some angry and very justified reactions on social media.

Many people also drew parallels with the election rallies being held in the poll-bound states of the country and also pointed at how these rallies are to be blamed equally for rising Covid-19 cases.

In its defence, the Kurnool Police claimed that prior notices were issued to all the organisers to follow prescribed Covid-19 norms, but the situation went out of control as people from different places came in droves to take part in the religious festival.

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first published:April 16, 2021, 10:11 IST
last updated:April 16, 2021, 12:37 IST