Mumbai : The Mumbai police registered 21 offences against 23 mandals across Mumbai against various Dahi-Handi mandals for violation of Supreme Court guidelines for Janmashtami celebrations.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashok Dudhe, Mumbai Police Spokesperson, “Total of 21 offences have been registered against the mandals for violating the Supreme Court Order of height restriction of 20 feet for the handis and for including children under the age of 18. We have the video recordings of the Janmashtami celebrations which were monitored by the local police stations. Necessary action will be taken accordingly.”
Offences have been registered against mandals in Chembur, Parel, Kalachowkie, Antop Hill, Lalbaug, Kanjur Marg , NM Joshi Marg, Kurla, Ghatkopar , Vikhroli, Bhandup , Andheri, Worli, Sion and Thane.
Some of the mandals organised by the Bhartiya Janata Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Nationalist Congress Party have also been booked.
The Mumbai police have booked the mandals under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), Section 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others ), Section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 140 (Where death or permanent disablement of any person has resulted from an accident arising out of the use of a motor vehicle or motor vehicles) of the Motor Vehicles Act.
The police have registered cases against Koli King Koliwada Govinda Mandal, Balmitra Vyayam Shaala Govind Mandal, Veer Bajrang Mandal and Bal Gopal Mitra Mandal (Chembur), Abhinav Govinda Mandal (Naidu colony in Chembur), Veer Bajrang Govinda Pathak (Chembur), Saichhaya Govinda Pathak (Kurla), Maharashtra Navnirman Seva Mandal (Kalachowkie), Siddhi Vinayak Govinda Pathak (Vikhroli), Om Sai Seva Mandal (Kanjur Marg), Ashtvinayak Govinda Pathak (Wadala), Suryoday Kriya Mandal (Vakola), Swayambhu Govinda Pathak (Vikhroli), Gandhi Nagar Sports Club (Worli), Nutan Bhimyot Krida Mandal (Ghatkopar), Sadguru Mandal (Pant Nagar), Blue Star Mitra Mandal and Utsahi Mitra Mandal (Bhandup), Sanmitra Mandal (Ghatkopar), Adivasi Mandal (Andheri), Devdutt Mandal (Kalachowkie), Guru Datt Govinda Pathak (Pratiksha Nagar in Sion), and Raigad Govind Pathak (Ghatkopar).
“The Mumbai police had outsourced people to keep a vigil on the dahi-handi celebrations since it was not possible for the men in khaki to be present at all locations,” said an official.