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NCP leaders booked after massive crowd gathers at Pune party office inauguration attended by Ajit Pawar

The event, which was held between 5 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, was attended by over 500 persons, as per police's preliminary estimate. While social distancing norms were blatantly violated, many workers were also seen not wearing masks.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: June 20, 2021 9:28:14 pm
NCP office inauguration, covid norms violatedMassive crowd at the Pune NCP office inauguration attended by Ajit Pawar. (Express)

A criminal offence has been registered against several NCP leaders after a large crowd gathered at the inauguration of the party’s new central office in the city in violation of Covid-19 norms on Saturday.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar was also present at the event. Those who have been booked by the police include NCP Pune city unit chief Prashant Jagtap, youth wing leader Mahesh Hande and other leaders including Pradeep Deshmukh, Nilesh Nikam, Rohan Paygude and Balasaheb Bodke.

The NCP’s new central office at Lokshaheer Annabhau Sathe Chowk at Dengle Bridge was inaugurated on Saturday evening at an event attended by Pawar, other local leaders of the NCP and a large number of party workers. After reports of the large crowd spread in the media, Pawar had apologised and said appropriate action would be taken against the concerned persons.

According to police, Mahesh Hande had sought permission from the Shivajinagar police station to organise the event and for the use of loudspeakers. While both permissions were granted, police had categorically instructed the organisers to adhere to all Covid-19 norms.

Hande, at the time of receiving permission, had orally assured the concerned police officers that 100 to 150 people would attend the ceremony, said Senior Inspector Nilima Pawar, Shivajinagar police station.

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However, the event, which was held between 5 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, was attended by over 500 people, according to the police’s preliminary estimate. While social distancing norms were blatantly violated, many workers were seen not wearing masks, police said.

The case was registered under Indian Penal Code sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life) for actions leading to possible infection and various Covid-19 appropriate regulations currently in force.

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