Ban imposed on all religious congregations in Punjab
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Punjab government’s Additional Chief Secretary (Homes) has issued an order to DGP Punjab to not to allow any religious congregations in Punjab.
As per the letter, “All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exceptions”
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had already requested the citizens of Punjab to remain inside their houses on the occasion of Baisakhi . He is personally monitoring the situation and directed the Chief Secretary to discuss the matter with the SGPC, in view of the upcoming Baisakhi festival.
The Additional Chief Secretary (Homes) has directed the district authorities to ensure strict adherence to lockdown measures and directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India dated 24th March 2020.
Earlier on April 7, 2020 MHA has directed the states/ UT’s to ensure strict adherence to lockdown measures, during the upcoming festivals-Good Friday (Apri 10), Easter Sunday (April 12), Baisakhi/ Khalsa Panth Day (April 14) as religious congregations are held on these occasions.
MHA also directed the states, UT’s to direct district authorities to plan accordingly and avoid any ambiguity at the ground level. As per the ministry directives, the local authorities were alos requested to take all required precautionary measures for maintenance of law and order, peace and public tranquility. Vigil may also be maintained against circulation of objectionable content on social media and action may be taken for their blocking/ removal..