Groom’s father held, Rs 50,000 high quality collected after video of marriage procession in Odisha goes viral


Bhubaneswar, July 5

The father of a groom and his brother had been arrested on Saturday in Odisha’s Ganjam district, a COVID-19 hotspot, for violating security protocols through the marriage perform, police mentioned.

The district administration has additionally imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 and registered FIR towards different relations of the groom and bride on this connection, they mentioned.

“On charge of violation of COVID-19 rules for marriage in Berhampur, Rs 50,000 fine was collected and FIR filed against both the parties,” Ganjam Collector V A Kulange mentioned.

“Our joy should not ruin others’ lives,” he mentioned.

The groom’s father and his brother have been held, SP (Berhampur) Pinak Mishra mentioned.

The incident got here to the fore after a video surfaced, through which friends had been seen with out masks and dancing shut to one another on the marriage procession, and lots of holding fingers.

According to the state authorities’s COVID-19 pointers, a most of 50 individuals can take part in a wedding perform, whereas strictly adhering to social distancing norms and carrying masks

Kulange mentioned attendees of the wedding procession might be despatched to institutional quarantine.

Sources mentioned a well known hotelier within the city had obtained permission from the authorities for his son’s marriage at a lodge at Gopalpur-on-Sea on July 2.

The lodge has reportedly been sealed for seven days, they mentioned.

As a part of containment measures, the Ganjam district administration has additionally prohibited the motion of individuals from rural areas to cities.

The district has reported 2,066 COVID-19 instances to date, and it additionally tops the checklist of fatalities with 20 individuals succumbing to the illness. Odisha’s coronavirus loss of life toll stands at 34.

According to an official notification, two IAS officers—Parul Patawari and Vishal Singh—have been appointed as particular ADMs (in-charge) for COVID-19 administration in Chhatrapur and Bhanjanagar sub-divisions within the district. PTI 



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