Citing the situation of COVID-19 in the state, the Gujarat government permitted to organise Garba in residential places with a limit of 400 people. Along with this, it disallowed commercial Garba venues including party plots, clubs or any other open places for the celebration of Navratri this year. Although, a café in Ahmedabad was caught flouting the guidelines of the government.
More than 500 people were found playing Garba at Grace Coffee Co., located on SP Ring Road on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, Sola police reached the spot and found more than 500 people playing Garba together and flouting the guidelines by the government. Following this a case was registered against the owners – Chandramauli aka Dilip Patel, Naresh aka Yash Dhakan and Jasmin Sisodiya.
The owners of Grace Coffee Co. organised the Navaratri celebration on the ninth day of the festival. “…Get ready to groove to some dhamakedaar Garba beats. Dance and chill with grace; Dress code – Traditional; Entry – Open for all…” read its invite. The said invite was posted on the official Instagram handle of the café along with a video invite.
All the three accused are charged for flouting the guidelines of the Navratri celebration given by the Police Commissioner. Also, according to the primary inquiry by the police says that the accused has admitted of not taking the prior permission for organising the event.