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Weddings to be monitored, no function after 8 pm in 20 cities in Gujarat: DGP

DGP Ashish Bhatia's statement comes after Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Tuesday that the police stations concerned would be held responsible if the guest limit at weddings is found to be flouted.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: April 22, 2021 11:02:47 pm
Health workers carry a COVID-19 patient to the OPD ward of a hospital, as coronavirus cases surge in record numbers across the country, in Ahmedabad, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (PTI Photo)

With a large number of weddings lined up across Gujarat from April 25-27, Director-General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia on Thursday said all weddings would be monitored by the police to ensure that Covid curbs were adhered to, adding that no marriage function to be allowed post 8 pm in 20 cities of the state.

In a video statement, Bhatia said, “Amid the pandemic, the government has released standard operating procedure (SOPs) for many activities, including weddings, which say a a maximum of 50 guests will be allowed to attend these. We appeal to the people to follow the guidelines and compulsorily register online at the digitalgujarat portal’s marriage registration section so that the police department is also aware of the weddings. Weddings will be monitored by the police and in 20 cities, including Ahmedabad Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, there is night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am, so weddings cannot happen during this time period. If anyone is found violating the SOPs, strict action will be taken by the police. Special appeal is made to party plot organisers, disc jockeys and mandap organisers to follow SOPs, failing which action will be taken under IPC section 188 for disobedience to order given by public servant.”

“We also urge people to not spread any fake news and rumour online as the police are monitoring social media and action will be taken against those indulging in rumour-mongering. We are cracking down on black-marketing of Remedesivir injections and other essential drugs.

We are also taking action against those centres overcharging for CT scan. If anyone comes across black marketing or selling of duplicate essential medicines, they should immediately inform the police by dialling 100,” said Bhatia.

Bhatia’s statement comes after Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Tuesday that the police stations concerned would be held responsible if the guest limit at weddings is found to be flouted.

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