Bhubaneswar: In Odisha’s Ganjam district, a COVID-19 hotspot, the father of a groom and his brother were arrested for violating security protocols during marriage operation, police said.
In this connection, the district administration has also imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 and registered FIR against other bride and groom family members, they said.
“Rs 50,000 fine was collected in Berhampur on charges of violation of COVID-19 marriage rules, and FIR filed against both parties,” said Ganjam Collector V A Kulange. “Our joy is not supposed to ruin the lives of others,” he said.
The father of the groom and his brother were detained, said SP (Berhampur) Pinak Mishra.
The incident came to the fore after a video surfaced, in which guests at the marriage procession and many holding hands were seen without masks and dancing close to each other.
In accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines of the state government, a maximum of 50 people can participate in a marriage function while adhering strictly to social distancing norms and wearing masks
Kulange said marriage procession attendants are going to be sent to institutional quarantine.
Sources said a well-known town hotelier got permission from authorities to marry his son at a Gopalpur-on-Sea hotel on 2 July. They said the hotel was reportedly sealed for seven days.
The Ganjam district administration has also banned the movement of people from rural areas to to cities as part of containment measures.
So far, the district has reported 2,066 cases of COVID-19 and it also tops the list of fatalities with 20 people succumbing to the disease. The death toll for coronavirus in Odisha stands at 34.
Two IAS officers – Parul Patawari and Vishal Singh – were named as special ADMs (in-charge) for COVID-19 management in Chhatrapur and Bhanjanagar subdivisions in the district, according to an official notification.