'No Physical Distancing': Hundreds Of Devotees Take Holy Dip On Ganga Dussehra
Without taking any permission, devotees gathered for the religious rituals, took a dip in the Ganges and went to their homes. They had neither worn masks nor did they follow physical distancing. Among those who took the dip were Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad President, Narendra Giri, and about 30 sages and saints were with him. Interestingly, Prayagraj's police administration appeared helpless in front of the saints and devotees who bathed in the river.
Meanwhile, ghats in PM Modi's parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, remained as gatherings of devotees was strictly prohibited to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, Section 144 (which prohibits assembly of four or more people in an area) of CrPc is currently in force in Varanasi.
उत्तर प्रदेश: सरकार द्वारा 8 जून से धार्मिक स्थलों को फिर से खोलने की अनुमति दी गई है इसके बावजूद आज गंगा दशहरा के अवसर पर प्रयागराज में संगमघाट पर भक्तों की भीड़ जुटी। pic.twitter.com/fzOflPq1F6— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) June 1, 2020
He said bathing in the river on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra or doing religious work anywhere in public is prohibited in Varanasi district.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the IPC are effective in the district, no religious activity & gathering of people is allowed. The prohibitory orders will also remain in effect today, on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra: Kaushal Raj Sharma, Varanasi District Magistrate— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 1, 2020