how COVID-19 pandemic raging in Gujarat, police cracking down on wedding protocol violators and arresting 700 people in the past 41 days for mask violation, social distancing and statewide night curfews for such events.
In Petlad taluka of Anand district, six disc jockeys (DJs) were detained and their equipment confiscated on Thursday night due to violations of the Covid protocol.
Currently, 36 cities in Gujarat, including the four capital cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, have a night curfew from 20:00 to 6:00, during which wedding processions or ceremonies are prohibited. In addition, weddings can be attended by a maximum of 50 people and interested parties must register online in advance.
According to figures released by the office of Gujarat Police Director General Ashish Bhatia, “In the recent past, there were 540 cases of Covid protocol violations and 700 people were arrested. “
According to the information provided by the Gujarat police, from December 19, 2020 to April 24, 2021, there were 867 cases of violation of masks and Covid rules and 254 people were arrested. Then, in the month before May 2, 471 people were arrested, and over the past 10 days another 200 people were arrested.
On April 20, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani issued a statement that a large number of weddings were scheduled for the auspicious dates of April 25, 26 and 27, and if any case of violation of the rules is found, the police in the area will be held accountable.
“If there are too many people at the wedding, which exceeds the allowed number, action should be taken against the responsible officer,” Rupani said.
It was then that Gujarat’s GDG asked police officers to take an inventory of planned wedding ceremonies on the Gujarat digital portal and monitor as well as conduct checks on weddings in the respective areas to ensure that covid protocols are being followed. The DGP also called on DJs and wedding planners not to break covid protocol or face police action.
Recently, a video went viral on social media in which hundreds of people were seen dancing in front of a car with a DJ music system as part of a wedding parade on the night of the Taluk Anand Enclave. After the video appeared, nine people, including the village sarpanch, were arrested by the police.
Similarly, for the first time on Thursday, police in Ananda detained six DJs and confiscated three cars and music systems in three different FIRs filed with the Petlada rural police station.
According to the FIRs accessed Indian expressIn all three cases, the police found that the parties did not give permission or prior notification of the wedding, and large numbers of people gathered in front of the DJs’ cars. A total of nine people, including six DJs and three associated with weddings, were booked under IPC 188 for disobeying an order given by a government official, and 269 for negligence that could spread infection.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Ajit Rajan, Ananda Police Superintendent, said: “The DJ music system attracts a crowd and the chances of breaking Covid protocols are high, so the police have started to take active action against DJs violating the guidelines at weddings. In addition, we contacted the base with sarpunches from all villages in our area, community leaders, DJs, boogie walls and wedding planners to ask them to abide by Covid protocols. ”