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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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