Pet dog’s birthday lands 3 in a box in Ahmedabad

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Three people, including two brothers, were arrested under the Epidemic Disease Act after large numbers showed up to their pet dog’s birthday party in violation of pandemic guidelines here in Gujarat, police said on Saturday.

Chirag Patel and his brother Urvish Patel, both residents of Krishnagar in the city of Ahmedabad, had a big party on the birthday of their pet dog, Abby, an Indian Spitz, with their friend, Divyesh Mehariya, said a police official.

Along with the trio’s family members, their friends also joined in the party on a Friday night plot in large numbers. COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and the wearing of face masks were violated during this function, he said.

A popular folk singer performed at the event, a cake was also cut and people were throwing banknotes in the air as a celebration, the official added.

An FIR was registered at Nikol Police Station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Disease Act, as a result of which Chirag Patel, Urvish Patel and Divyesh Mehariya were arrested.

Gujarat reported 5,396 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 2,281 cases in the city of Ahmedabad alone. The city has 8,700 active cases, according to the health department. To contain the transmission, the Gujarat government introduced additional restrictions on Friday and extended nighttime curfew hours in cities. According to the new guidelines, no more than 400 people are allowed in an open space for political, social or religious functions.

(With PTI inputs)

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