Amid growing coronavirus cases, Mumbai Police on Tuesday imposed Section-144 in the city, prohibiting movement and gathering of people at public places, news agency ANI reported. The prohibitory orders were issued by Pranaya Ashok, Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), and will be effective till July 15 unless withdrawn earlier.

The prohibitory orders will be valid the entire day in containment zones and in the entire city between 9 pm and 5 am, with certain exemptions. In the order, the police said that the coronavirus spread through gathering in public or private places and poses a grave danger to human lives.

"There is a likelihood of spread of the Covid-19 virus through the gathering of persons in public or private places and there is grave danger to human life, health or safety. There are sufficient reasons for passing prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to ensure that there is no danger to human life," the order said.

As per the order, the movement of one or more persons in 'Containment Zones' is strictly prohibited, except for essential activities and medical emergencies. Similarly, the movement of people will be prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am in the entire city, except for medical and emergency services.

Mumbai's Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal won't hold Ganeshotsav

Meanwhile, Mumbai's Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal Tuesday announced that it will not hold Ganeshotsav due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sudhir Salvi, Secretary of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal said that instead of the Ganeshotsav, a blood and plasma donation camp will be set up in its place.

"Instead of celebrating Ganeshotsav in a grand way, Labaughcha Raja Mandal will donate the amount to CM's Relief Fund. We will also felicitate families of martyrs who have lost their lives at LOC & LAC, " ANI quoted Salvi as saying.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma