Coronavirus Pandemic: Police files FIR against masjid trustees for disobeying orders

Coronavirus Pandemic: Police files FIR against masjid trustees for disobeying orders

Mumbai Police on Monday filed an FIR against the trustees of masjid after 150 people were found to be offering namaz in violation of government orders issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The FIR has been filed by JJ police against the trustees of Sunni Shafi Masjid.

According to an official, the police received information on Monday afternoon that 100-150 people were offering namaz inside the masjid despite orders issued under CrPC section 144. The imposition of Section 144 means that no more than four people can assembly at a spot in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The orders cover all religions places.

After which, a team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Avinash Dharmadhikari reached the masjid and asked the devotees to leave the place. Eventually, the police registered the FIR against Masjid trustees, including Majal Badwan Kuni, under IPC sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and also relevant sections of the Maharashtra Police Act.

The officials said that they have registered the FIR but no arrests have been made so far. The officials are currently investigating the matter.

The police are taking all the necessary measures to assist the government in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier today, Param Bir Singh, Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police, lashed out to fake messages in a tweet. He appealed to the citizens to not share such messages regarding emergency services without verifying first.

“Namaste, I’m the Commissioner of Mumbai Police and this list has definitely not been made on my directions! The last thing we want to get infected with and pass on during such crisis is rumours. Pls verify every msg regarding emergency services before you forward. #StaySafeFromRumours ” he said in his tweet.

The post contains an image which has listed specific timings to buy milk, groceries and medicines. As per the image, the goods will be distributed according to this time table. However, it is being told that shops selling essential goods can be open and there are no stipulated timings for it.

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