A day after TV channels showed a group of men in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, carrying a woman's body through a pond to perform her last rites, district authorities have claimed that the villagers "created a scene." The visuals showed the villagers carrying the body through a chest-deep water body. A resident told ANI news agency that they were forced to do this as the sand mafia in the area who have encroached the land won't allow the construction of a road there. After the news broke out, Jabalpur District Magistrate Mahendra Chandra Chaudhary said he inquired into the incident and that the funeral procession being taken through pond water was clearly a "created scene". He said he found that the thoroughfare to the cremation ground was indeed flooded with 3-4 feet deep water, but other approaches to the cremation ground were clear of water. "There is a clearly passable path along a farm that the mourners actually used to carry wood and cowdung cakes to the cremation ground, but they chose the flooded street to carry the body through," Chaudhary said. He also rejected reports of atrocities against any community there. This is the second such incident being reported from the state this month. Earlier a Dailt family in Morena district was forced to perform the last rites of a deceased family member after they were refused entry into the cemetery by an upper caste member who had allegedly encroached the land.