BMC raids 2 wedding venues, books several to disregard Covid norms

Disregarding Covid-19 norms cost two wedding parties big bucks after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took action against them. In the past two days, the BMC has searched two wedding locations and booked several people after allegedly violating Covid-19 norms.

On Monday, following a lead, BMC officials raided a gymkhana (recreation center) in the suburbs of Chembur, Mumbai. During the raid, they found nearly 300-500 people attending an event. The catering manager and wedding organizers were booked after the robbery.

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In a similar case, Mumbai Police registered an FIR against parents of the bride, groom and manager of a gymkhana where a wedding party was being held.

Around 350 people were present at the wedding ceremony in the Chedda Nagar Gymkhana and the leisure center in Ghatkopar

The complaint was registered by BMC officials at the Tilak Nagar Police Station in east Mumbai after inspecting the Chedda Nagar Gymkhana and the Ghatkopar Recreational Center on Sunday evening.

According to the complainant employed by the BMC, they were informed by high-ranking officials that around 350 people were present at the wedding ceremony.

“Social distancing was not pursued and many were not wearing masks,” he said.

One case has been recorded against the parents of the bride and groom, gymkhana managers and caterers under sections 188, 269 and 34 of the IPC and sections of the Epidemic and Disaster Control Act.

This comes just a day after Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray issued an ultimatum to the people that “the entire state will be locked in eight days if people don’t start following Covid norms”.

According to the new guidelines, the authorities are liable for action if they see a group of more than 50 people in one place.

Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh has also warned people about violating Covid norms.

“We appeal again to the people of Mumbai to follow the SOPs set by the government. Whatever we do, we do for your health and we keep an eye on you. If you don’t listen to us and take precautionary measures, we will have no options and Mumbai will be locked again. We have seen the problems that locking brings with it. We faced all of them. If you want to save yourself, you have to support the government. Fighting the coronavirus is not only the government’s responsibility, it is your responsibility and that you obey the rules, ”said Aslam Shaikh.

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