THE MUMBAI Police on Thursday registered several FIRs in the city against Govinda pandals that violated the 20-foot height limit set down by the Supreme Court for celebrating the Dahi Handi festival.
Police officers said that while majority of the pandals have violated the guidelines, in some cases, children below the age of 18 were also found participating in the pyramid formations.
“Based on the evidence we found through the video-recording done at various pandals across the city, we found violations by several pandals and accordingly, registered FIRs against them under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” an officer said.
A couple of these violations were registered in the central region and three FIRs have been filed with the Kalachowkie police station. Two FIRs were filed in Bhoiwada and one at the Antop Hill police station.
Mumbai Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe said, “We are in the process of going through CCTV footage from several pandals. Based on the footage, we will register more FIRs against those found violating norms.”
The police, like last year, had their personnel videograph several pandals to have evidence against those flouting norms.
Meanwhile in Thane, the Naupada police have registered a case against 17 Govinda pandals for not adhering to the SC guidelines. Several pandals had pyramid formations that went above the approved height, an officer said.
Cases were also registered against seven Govinda mandals and organisers at Chembur police stations for violating the height and age limits.
Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said, “The Naupada police have registered an FIR against the organiser of the MNS event in Thane and 16 govinda mandals for violating the Supreme Court guidelines.” An officer said the Jai Jawan pandal in Thane at one point had a nine-tier pyramid that went over 40 feet.