West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Shailesh Kumar Yadav, who led the raids in the two marriage halls in Agartala, on Tuesday apologised for disrupting the marriage ceremony.
"If anyone got hurt due to my action, I am apologising for that. I have done this for the larger interest of society and the people. I have taken the strict action to give a message to the people to maintain the government SOP," Yadav said on Tuesday night.
As many as 31 people, including 19 women, were detained from a marriage party in Tripura for violating the night curfew and other Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) enforced to curb the COVID spread. However, in another raid at a marriage party in the city, no detentions were made.
Officials said that Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has asked Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar to submit a report about the DM's actions in dealing with the holding of the marriage ceremonies defying the night curfew and the SOPs.
However, people are still fuming at the incident. Many are of the opinion that the apology isn't enough and strict action should be taken against Jadav.
Many leaders of the ruling BJP, including MLA of the area Asish Saha and another lawmaker of the party Sushanta Chowdhury wrote to Kumar demanding the removal of the DM.