Uddhav Thackeray seeks report of large gathering near temple in Washim, Maharashtra

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Uddhav Thackeray stressed that the rules related to COVID-19 are the same for everyone (File)

Bombay:

Taking serious note of reports of a large gathering near the Pohradevi temple in Maharashtra’s Washim district on Tuesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered immediate action against those who broke the rules during the current COVID crisis -19.

An official statement said here that Mr Thackeray had requested a report from the Washim district collector and the Police Commissioner (SP).

Dozens of supporters of Shiv Sena minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name is linked in opposition to the death of a woman, gathered near the temple as he emerged in public after several days and visited the shrine Earlier in the day.

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Rathod has denied the opposition’s accusations.

Mr. Thackeray, also chairman of Shiv Sena, stressed that the rules for COVID-19 are the same for everyone and asked the Washim district collector and the SP to submit a report regarding the convergence of people near the temple. , indicates the press release.

He called on district officials to take swift action against those who defy standards related to the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19, he said.

Mr Thackeray had said on Sunday that in view of the increase in COVID-19 cases, religious, social and political gatherings would be banned in the state from Monday.

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By asking people to follow appropriate standards of behavior and safety for COVID-19, the CM had said it would observe the situation for a week to 15 days and then decide to impose another lockdown.

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The Chief Minister held a meeting at his Varsha official residence here on Tuesday to review the state’s COVID-19 situation.

He also discussed with the heads of municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) about ways to contain the spread of the disease.

Mr Thackeray said the machinery of government has fought the battle against COVID-19 with patience over the past year and argued that healthcare workers, police and other staff are trying to contain the spread of disease, risking their lives.

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He said people celebrate popular holidays peacefully and by adhering to standards set by the government.

The rules were also followed in important religious venues, and a similar style of work should also be followed during the “ Mission to Begin Again ” (unlocking process), Thackeray said, according to the statement.

The chief minister said a second wave of COVID-19 could be of concern to all and this prompted him to ban religious, political and social events in the state.

He said the government is ready to face any situation, but it is also the responsibility of individuals to observe the rules.

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