Kalahandi: In order to contain further spread of the virus, the district administration here has decided to clamp prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in the area to prohibit large public gatherings during the season of Durga Puja and Chhatar Jatra of Maa Manikeswari and related pre and post rituals.
The decision was taken to ensure strict implementation of the COVID-19 guidelines and avoid large congregations in the town, Kalahandi Collector Gavali Parag Harshad said.
Message of the Collector and District Magistrate, Kalahandi regarding observation of "Chhatara Yatra" of Maa Manikeswari. pic.twitter.com/5V1cRIYX0A
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The administration has also issued necessary guidelines to be followed during the festival to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of life of the general public. An order issued in this regard mentions that the prohibitory orders will remain in force from October 22 (midnight) till October 25 (midnight) to restrict the movement of the people.
- Entry to Bhawanipatna Municipality area will be allowed only for medical/emergency purpose and any other purpose specifically allowed for from October 23 to October 25.
- Movement and gathering of people restricted to four persons at any point of time in the township from 12 am (midnight) of October 23 to 12 am (midnight) of October 25.
The order further mentioned that all the executive magistrates, officers, officials of essential service departments carrying valid ID proofs/ movement pass shall be exempted from the purview of this order. Any person contravening this order will be prosecuted under the Section of 188 of the Indian Penal Code.