Shillong: In a new development in the Green Wood Resort wedding fiasco, the East Khasi Hills Superintendent, Slyvester Nongtnger on Friday informed that the statement of the 36 attendees was recorded and that no arrests have been made.
In a statement Nongtnger said, “36 (thirty-six) accused persons against whom notices under U/S 41A CrPC was issued appeared at the Police Station, and their statements have been recorded U/S 161 CrPC. No arrests have been made since maximum punishment for all the above offences are punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.”
According to Nongtnger during investigation notices U/S 41A CrPC were issued to 36 alleged accused persons except the two juveniles who are relatives of the bride and the groom and one person from Karbi Anglong Assam. He had gone to drop two persons on June 26, 2020 to Khanapara in Assam and returned to drop them back to Shillong on June 27, 2020 and left Shillong for Assam on June 28, 2020.
The 36 person were found violating protocols issued by the Health Dept. and the prohibitory order issued by the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, for prevention of Epidemic Disease Covid-19.
A case has already been registered and investigated vide Sadar Case 159(07)2020 U/S 188/34 IPC R/w Section 8 of Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases Covid-19 Regulation 2020 Fifth Amendment and 51 (b)/52 of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
On July 13, 2020, the DC had filed an FIR against the 35 wedding attendees. It was during the investigation that four more people were found to be part of the attendees. On July 30, 2020 another FIR was filed by the DC.
On June 26, 2020 a total of 47 (39 people from East Khasi Hills and 8 people from Ri-Bhoi district) had crossed to the neighbouring state Assam to attend a wedding at Green Wood Resort in Khanapara. The issue came to light only when one of the employees at the resort tested positive for COVID-19. The matter gained momentum when it came to light that only 5 vehicles had managed to obtain passes whereas 11 vehicles had travelled to Khanapara. Following the wedding event a reception was held on July 7, 2020 in the residence of the bride at Lachumiere and no permission was obtained from the office of the District Administration.
This led to public outcry demanding the government to take action and make the names of these attendees public, inorder that the people can be aware if they had any contact with them. However, the government refrained from sharing the names and instructed a magisterial inquiry. Following which the government had directed the DCs to file an FIR against these attendees.
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