Before Eid-al-Adha, or Bakrid, social distancing standards were ignored as Patna’s largest goat market, once a Covid-19 hotspot, witnessed crowds this weekend. The holiday will be celebrated on Wednesday.
Residents said there was no police team in the area to enforce Covid-19 standards at the market in the heart of the city, and most shoppers were not wearing masks.
While imams (religious leaders) of various mosques announced precautions to be taken during the celebration of the festival, government guidelines were openly violated in the state capital.
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Muslim clerics have been asked to ensure that people do not gather in groups and instead celebrate the holiday in their homes, in accordance with guidelines issued in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Islamic religious organizations Imarat Sharia (Bihar, Odisha & Jharkhand) and Ameer-e-Shariat have urged Muslims to offer special prayers at home and to avoid all public gatherings.
The state government has banned large gatherings in holy places until August 6 in light of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bihar police have urged the general public not to take justice into their own hands while confronting those involved in the illegal transport / slaughter of livestock. They must immediately alert the police. Strict measures would be taken against those who broadcast fake news.
Patna District Magistrate Chandrasekhar Singh called on the police to be vigilant at all times. Namaz Eidan committee chairman Mahmood Alam said that, like the previous year, this year also namaz will not be held in Gandhi Maidan.