Bihar elections: VIP chief booked for COVID-19 norms, MCC violations

Published: 18 October, 2020 12:19 IST | IANS | Patna

Some of the supporters were not wearing mask when they were inside the government office. Apart from this, they did not followed social distancing norms too

VIP chief Mukesh Sahani. Pic/ Twitter@sonofmallah
VIP chief Mukesh Sahani. Pic/ Twitter@sonofmallah

Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahani has been booked under Disaster Management Act for violating COVID-19 norms and for breaching Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in Saharsa's Simri Bakhtiyarpur town on Saturday.

The incident appeared at Sub-divisional Magistrate office in Simri Bakhtiyarpur where Sahani and his supporters went to file nomination to contest Bihar Assembly election 2020.

According to Area Circle Officer (CO), some of the supporters were not wearing mask when they were inside the government office. Apart from this, they did not followed social distancing norms too.

"Sahani supporters were involved in breaching pandemic norms on two counts. They were not using masks and not maintaining social distancing norms. The entire situation inside the premises of SDM attributes to breach of MCC," said Krishna Kumar Singh, CO of Simri Bakhtiyarpur.

After the nomination, Sahani along with his supporters went to a marriage hall located at Hatiagachi area for a public rally. Since, Sahani has not taken necessary permission to organise a public event, it was also a violation of MCC.

"We are committed to implement MCC in the area. A case (No-350/20) has been registered against the candidate under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act, violation of section 144 and COVID-19 Act," Singh said.

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