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Bombay HC directs BMC to issue circular on social distancing for Bakrid

Goats for sale ahead of Bakrid festival. Photo used for illustration purpose only.

Goats for sale ahead of Bakrid festival. Photo used for illustration purpose only.   | Photo Credit: R. Ravindran

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to issue a circular, indicating the regulatory measures as well as the procedures for maintaining social distancing to be adhered by everyone at Deonar Abattoir, for offering animal sacrifices for Id ul Azha.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Sarang Kotwal was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Al-Quereshi Human Welfare Association and other organisations. They seek a direction from the court to the authorities, “to jointly and severally make available the available places for the sacrifice of water buffaloes on the auspicious occasion of Bakra-Eid which is scheduled to be held from August 1 to August 3 in the Mumbai District and its Suburban Districts and/ or at Deonar Abattoir, at Govandi (W).”

Late on Friday evening, the BMC issued a circular permitting religious sacrifice of 150 water buffaloes per day from August 1 to August 3 from 6 am and 6 pm at the Deonar abattoir with social distancing regulations to be followed.

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