Delhi: Order asking heads of religious places in Vasant Vihar to follow DDMA guidelines revoked

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New Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Vasant Vihar on Tuesday revoked its order asking heads of temples, gurudwaras, mosques and churches to strictly follow the DDMA order stating 'no visitors' to be allowed in religious places.

According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority's (DDMA) fresh orders issued on July 10, 'religious places shall be permitted to open, but no visitors will be allowed'.

The four separate but similar orders issued by the SDM on Monday for temples, gurudwaras, mosques and churches warned 'strict penal or criminal action' against heads and members of the concerned religious place as well 'as against the individual' will be taken incase of any violation.

'It is hereby informed that the above four orders are withdrawn. Kindly find attached latest Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of NCT of Delhi order No.F.2/07/2020/pt file-III dated 10/7/2021 for Covid appropriate behaviour,' read the new order issued by Ankur Prakash Meshram, SDM (Vasant Vihar).

The revocation order comes hours after the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) criticised it, claiming that the order meant for all religious places was singling out gurudwaras only.

'Shocked to read Ankur Prakash''s circular which concerns all religious places but mentions only Gurudwara Sahibs to remain closed for visitors. Why are other religious places not given a specific mention? Why such a harsh tone agnst Presidents/Secretaries & Sewadars of Gurudwaras?,' tweeted DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa.

'We condemn this biased attitude of Delhi Disaster Management Authority either this order should be revoked or the circular must mention all religious places,' he said.

The earlier ordered issued for gurudwaras said, '.. all the president/secretary/joint secretary/sewadar of respective gurudwara are hereby directed to strictly follow the above guidelines; incase any violation is found during visit of higher authorities strict penal/criminal action shall be taken against president/secretary/joint secretary/ sewadar of the concerned gurdwara, as well as against the individual, and the premises shall be sealed forthwith.' The national capital on Monday recorded 45 COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day rise in over a year, and three deaths while the positivity rate stood at 0.08 per cent. PTI MG KJ

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