Agar Malwa, April 22: A video of locals in Ganeshpura village of Madhy Pradesh's Agar Malwa district running with burning torches and chanting "bhag corona bhag" (run corona run) emerged on social media recently. According to reports, the villagers believe it will drive away the coronavirus and protect them from the pandemic. The video of the incident which took place on April 18 went viral on social media. 'No Corona, Corona No': Ramdas Athawale Gives New Slogan for Mutated Coronavirus Strain (Watch Video).

In the video, a group of villagers is seen running with burning torches. Chanting "bhag corona bhag", they toss the torches into the air and throw them outside the village. Speaking to India Today, a local said elders from the village had told them to do so. He said elders had told them that whenever there's an epidemic, one person from each house should run with a burning torch from their homes to the boundaries of the village.

Locals in Ganeshpura Village Chant 'Bhag Corona Bhag':

The locals believe if the burning torches are thrown out of the village, they will escape the wrath of the pandemic. The practice should be performed on a Sunday or Wednesday night, they have been told by elders. One of the residents said that many people in the village had fever. However, after they performed the ritual, no case of the disease has been found in the village, he claimed.

Last year, the chant of "go corona go" became viral thanks to Union Ramdas Athawale who raised the slogan with Chinese Consul General in Mumbai Tang Guocai and Buddhist monks at a prayer meet.

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