PATNA: A funeral feast thrown for the local villagers led to blockade of traffic on a National Highway in Bihar for hours on Monday as the guests sat right in the middle of the road and enjoyed the food as large number of vehicles stood in queue waiting for the villagers to quit the place.
Hundreds of commuters negotiating the National Highway-57 were at their wits end on Monday when they saw the crowds of local villagers sitting in the middle of the road at Phulparas in Madhubani district and enjoying feast for the death of a local villager. They had no option of moving forward as the villagers had put a barrier by putting a bamboo stick across the road.
For over two hours, the villagers who included children, males and females continued eating on the road, hardly taking any note of the hundreds of vehicles left stranded and anxiously waiting for the road to get cleared. It was only after each villager had taken the lunch that the traffic was finally opened for the vehicles, officials said.
The local authorities took a serious note of the incident and announced to initiate action against the villagers. “Blocking a National Highway to throw feast is a serious crime. We can’t allow the villagers to do it and have asked the patrolling party to take action against them,” general manager of NH-57, Darbhanga, Manish Mishra told the media on Tuesday.
The local district administration also announced action against the culprits. “Feasting on the middle of the road is a serious offence but none has complained us so far. We will indeed take action if we get any complaint,” the local district superintendent of police Deepak Baranwal said.
Witnesses said such scenes are quite common in Madhubani district of Bihar but villagers say they are forced to use road for arranging feast for any function in the society owing to space crunch in the village. According to them, hundreds of villagers take food at a time on the road while at home it takes several hours to complete the task.
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