Section 144 imposed in Mumbai for Ganesh Chaturthi; devotees not allowed in pandals
In order to control the Covid19 situation, the police implemented Article 144 of Crpc in Mumbai from September 10th to 19th. According to the new order issued on Thursday, devotees will also not be able to visit Pandar. The Ganpati processions is the main attraction during the Ganesh Chaturthi and it is also banned to ensure that no large gatherings are held in the financial capital of India.
Due to Article 144, gatherings of more than five people will be prohibited during the puja season. According to the order of the Mumbai police, devotees can do virtual "darshan" of pandals, or they can view them through other electronic means.
On Wednesday, the Maharashtra State Home Ministry issued a similar notice restricting people's access to the pandal during Ganesh Chaturthi to prevent the spread of Covid19. Order issued by Deputy Chief of Police S Chaitanya refers to the instructions of the Ministry of the Interior and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Anyone who does not comply with the order will face prosecution under Article 188 of the IPC (violation of orders issued by public officials legally) and other related laws, according to a police statement.