Thursday, 20 January 2022

No Terrace parties allowed on New Year due to Covid-19 cases: Mumbai Police

No Terrace parties allowed on New Year due to Covid-19 cases: Mumbai Police

Firstly, stay safe and don’t think about parties on the terrace on the 31st December night. This is a message Mumbai police have sought to send out to citizens in the backdrop of a sudden surge in COVID cases and the threat of the New Omicron variant. With the night curfew in place, police say they will take action if more than five people assemble at one place on New Year’s Night. Senior officers said the Mumbai police would watch private parties in public and private places like terraces and halls.

We have set up a special squad that will watch private properties for parties on 31st December. While the terrace is commonplace for New Year parties, it’s not allowed this time due to an increase in COVID cases,” said a senior police officer.

The officer said they are also worried after the sensational murder of an 18-year-old woman during a New Year party at Khar last year. The victim, Jhanvi Kukreja, was killed apparently after a fight at the terrace party at Bhagwati Heights society.

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Another officer said, “It’s impossible to check each and every society but if any party is organised on the terrace it will be easily visible from outside. Our beat marshals and special squad will keep an eye on such parties. If any society or any group of people is found partying, they will be booked under section 144 CrPC.”

Mumbai police spokesman and IPS officer S Chaitanya said,

“It is clearly stated by MCGM [BMC] that no parties, gathering is allowed in Mumbai this year. If people are found partying they will be booked. From night 9 pm to 6 am, Night curfew is there and no more than 5 people are allowed in any gathering. Still, we are waiting for more clarification which we haven’t received yet on resorts, like if people are allowed inside the resort premises to party or not. In the coming days, we will get the clarification on this also. People should stay safe.”

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