Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Earlier a curfew had been imposed in Pune, and now it is Mumbai ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi the govt. Of Maharshtra has taken the decision to impose section 144 across Mumbai to restrict the spread of coronavirus. Thereby, no more than 5 people can gather at one place for the next 9 days, starting today.
“From the 10th to the 19th of September, Mumbai Police would enforce Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code. There will be no Ganpati processions allowed. A group of more than 5 persons is not permitted to congregate in one location. Darshan of Lord Ganesha will be available online for devotees. The order is effective under the Mumbai Police Commissionerate's jurisdiction, according to news agency ANI.
Prior to this the Govt. had decided to prohibit devotees from visiting to the pandals but thinking that this might not help as Ganesh Chaturthi is one of those festival which is very famous in Maharashtra and the situation may go worse in regard to the pandemic thereby the govt. Finally came up with the decision of imposing section 144. The government has also instructed mandal organisers to make darshan available online or via other electronic means.
The order, issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police S Chaitanya on Thursday, refers to both the home department's and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's guidelines (BMC).
According to the police announcement, anyone who does not comply the orders will be prosecuted under IPC section 188 (disobeying order validly promulgated by public worker) and other applicable laws.