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Suresh Raina, Guru Randhawa arrested for violating COVID guidelines, released on bail


Cricketer Suresh Raina, singer Guru Randhawa and a few other celebrities were arrested by the Mumbai Police in the early hours on Tuesday from a pub for allegedly violating COVID-19 safety norms.

They were arrested following a raid at the pub that continued operations well beyond the limit fixed by the authorities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Notably, 34 people were arrested in the raid that includes seven staff members of the pub, but were later granted bail.

What did Mumbai Police say?

Mumbai Police has said 34 people including cricketer Suresh Raina and others were booked under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and provisions of the NMDA.

The arrests were made after a raid at Dragonfly pub for keeping the establishment open beyond the permissible time limit and not following COVID norms.

Night curfew announced by govt

On Monday, Maharashtra government had declared a night curfew in the municipal corporation areas as a precautionary step amid growing concerns over a new coronavirus variant spreading in Britain apart from putting restrictions on flight movements.

Ahead of the New Year, the Maharashtra government has imposed a series of restrictions on public activity in the state and particularly in Mumbai from December 22 to January 5 as a precautionary step.

Apart from Maharashtra, several other states including Karnataka and Rajasthan have imposed a ban on New Year celebrations at public places.

Maharashtra worst affected state

Notably, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has alone recorded nearly 19 lakh COVID-19 cases and 48,810 deaths so far. There are over 60,000 active cases of the virus.


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