FIR filed against 4 dahi handi mandals
VIOLATING RULES Two organisers booked for not taking permission for the event, others formed human pyramids well over 20 feet high
The Navi Mumbai police have registered first information reports (FIR) against two dahi handi mandals for allegedly violating the norms set by the Supreme Court.
Two other mandals have been booked for organising the festival without taking permission from the authorities.
These mandals are from Kopar Khairane and Kalamboli. They have been booked under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The other two mandals are from Kharghar. A case under sections 188, 290 (punishment for public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for) of the IPC and section 37 of the Bombay Police Act has been registered against them.
“In Kopar Khairane, Van Vaibhav Dahi Handi mandal formed pyramids up to eight tiers. It was spotted by our officials as well as the local residents. It’s a violation of the norms. We have registered a case against the mandal,” said Prashant Khaire, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1).
At Kalamboli, Jai Bajarang Group Dahi Handi mandal did not stick to the guidelines. Unlike previous years, this year saw a toned-down dahi handi celebrations.
“A govinda pathak crossed the height restrictions during celebrations. But no one from the mandal stopped them. They will face legal action,” said a senior officer from Kalamboli police station.
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay high court’s decision of banning youth below the age of 18 to participate in The event organised by Van Vaibhav Mitra Mandal Dahi Handi Mandal drew a huge crowd on Thursday.
dahi handi ritual and restricting the height of the human pyramid to 20 feet.
Sandeep Patil, assistant police inspector from Kharghar police station, said, “Sabai Swayam Sahayata Mahila Mandal and Shri Ramkrishna Gharat Mandal did not take permission from us,
the traffic department and Cidco for organising the festival that pulled a huge crowd. Taking permission from these agencies is mandatory for organising such festivals. Two cases have been registered against them.”
Many other mandals in the city are likely to face action for similar violations.
Khaire said, “We are discussing the matter with officers from different police stations and are also analysing the videos recorded during the celebrations. If we notice any violation in the videos, legal action will be taken against the organisers.”