Lucknow, April 06, 2020: When the country on Sunday united to answer Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to light up lamps, candles and torches for nine minutes at 9pm, a local chief of BJP Mahila Wing in Uttar Pradesh, was firing in the air from a revolver gun to “fight” the coronavirus.
The incident came to the fore after the BJP leader from Balrampur, Manju Tiwari, filmed and uploaded it on her Facebook account. Soon the video went viral, inviting heavy criticism from social media users, who demanded strict action against her.
Celebratory firing is illegal and prohibited by law in Uttar Pradesh.
In the video, Tiwari can be seen holding a revolver, which reportedly belonged to her husband Om Prakash, and firing aimlessly in the air. Tiwari first lit the lamps on the terrace of her house and then opened fire while her husband allegedly shot the video.
The BJP leader shared the video on Facebook with the caption that said, “Deep Jalane Ke Baad, Coronavirus bhagate hue (By lighting lamps, sending coronavirus away).”
The police have registered a case against Tiwari under section 286 of the IPC and 30 of the Arms Act. "A video has been going viral on social media where an incident has been shown in which Manju Tiwari can be seen firing. A case has been registered in this under relevant sections at Kotwali Nagar police station and further investigation is being done," Additional SP, Arvind Tiwari, said.