Agartala: Tripura West District Magistrate (DM) Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav on Monday ordered the closure of two marriage halls for violating the night curfew order issued under Section 144 of CrPC to contain COVID-19 spread in Agartala city.
Yadav entered two marriage halls—Gulab Bagan and Manikya Court in Palace Compound, North Gate area around 11 pm allegedly after receiving complaints from locals of night curfew violation.
The district magistrate was then seen dragging the groom and priest by the collar and ordering the police to arrest them all for violating COVID-19 norms.
Speaking with reporters, Yadav said all the people assembled had violated prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC and would be prosecuted under Section 188 of the IPC.
“From tomorrow, Manikya Court and Gulab Bagan are banned. They will not be able to function for one year. I will also recommend the suspension of the Officer-in-Charge of the West Agartala police station for not acting on repeated complaints of people, and I, as a district magistrate, have to come here. He is hand in gloves with these people, and departmental proceedings should be taken against him,” Yadav said.
He also said that if Covid spreads, these very people will blame that the government has not done anything, but what they have done? The permission is not beyond 10 pm, and after that, halls have to be closed.
“Such an incident, people should take this as an example. Unfortunately, these are the educated, rich people, they are behaving like this. What about the people who are not educated. You can make out what is the level of responsibility in our population,” Yadav added.
Yadav’s visit came as a surprise after he received complaints from people regarding the social events taking place in marriage halls.