Pune: No lockdown relaxations for Bakra Eid, says Maharashtra Government

ST Staff
Friday, 17 July 2020

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik and MLAs from the Muslim community had held a meeting over video conference on this issue, after which these guidelines have been published on Friday (July 17).

Pune: The Maharashtra government has made it clear that no relaxations will be given for the Bakra Eid falling on August 1 this year. The government has also appealed the Muslim community to purchase the ‘animal for sacrifice’ (Qurbani) online, and if possible, it should be done only symbolically.

Principal Secretary (Home) Amitabh Gupta has issued guidelines for the upcoming Bakra Eid celebrations. The government has appealed to the Muslim community to celebrate Bakra Eid simply and symbolically because of the coronavirus outbreak this year.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik and MLAs from the Muslim community had held a meeting over video conference on this issue, after which these guidelines have been published on Friday (July 17).

What the guidelines say

  • Religious functions, festivals and celebrations are not allowed to be celebrated due to the COVID-19 pandemic threat
  • Do not offer namaz in Masjid or Idgah ground or any other public place
  • Livestock markets will be closed
  • For purchasing the ‘animal of sacrifice’ (Qurbani), citizens should opt for online purchase or through telephone
  • If possible do symbolic Qurbani
  • All restrictions imposed in containment zones will continue
  • No relaxations have been given on the day of Bakra Eid

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