Mumbai society forgoes social distancing for samosa party, invites police’s ire

The police have booked two people for organising a music and samosa party on the premises of Kukreja Palace housing society in Ghatkopar (East), Mumbai.

Mumbai: Housing society members booked for organising music and samosa party during lockdown

If you think relaxations of Lockdown 4.0 mean that you can get back to your social life and have parties, then think again. Members of a housing society in Mumbai were booked by police for organising a music and samosa party in the society’s open area.

Despite a slew of relaxations, a gathering of more than five people in one place remains prohibited across the country. But, disregarding the norms of lockdown and social distancing, a housing society in Mumbai organised a get-together.

After learning about the incident, the Mumbai Police arrested the chairman of the housing society and organiser of the party for violating lockdown rules.

According to a police official, the musical party was organised in the premises of Kukreja Palace housing society in Ghatkopar (East).

The arrested persons were identified as Rahul Sanghvi (chairman of the society) and Jethalal Dedhia, who had organised the party, the police said.

They were released on bail later, the police official said, adding that further probe was underway.

An offence was registered late on Monday evening after videos purportedly showing the party went viral on social media.

In the videos, around 30 people could be seen gathered in the society premises for the musical concert where samosas were served to guests.

Mumbai has been reeling under the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the country. The city alone has 22,563 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 800 death toll.

The two society members have been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections like 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life and 34 (common intention). Relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, which is in force due to the coronavirus outbreak, too, were slapped on the duo.

(With inputs from PTI)

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