When Shashikant Vinayak Gaikwad took out a procession on his daughter’s wedding day, little did he think he would land at the police station.
Gaikwad and two owners of the band — Ganesh Nathuram Adhav, Balasaheb Tukaram Adhav — were arrested on Thursday night for violating traffic rules and flouting Noise Pollution Act.
The marriage procession took the route near KEM Hospital, which is a silence zone. The three were arrested and released on bail after a few hours.
Police Inspector Arvind Patil of Samarth police station told HT that this was the first such arrest in the city. “We took action for taking out a marriage procession without seeking permission.”
Patil said that action was taken after patients and their relatives at KEM Hospital complained about the procession. The commotion and the noise caused by the marriage band disturbed them. There were almost 300 people participating in the procession, the police said.
Initially, the police tried regulating the traffic on the busy road, which is situated in the heart of the city. Realising that their efforts to monitor the traffic were futile, they initiated legal action against them and arrested the three.
Ganesh Nathuram Adhav, Balasaheb Tukaram Adhav both owners of band troupe and the bride’s father were booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code — 188 (violating the decibel limits), 283 (danger or obstruction in public road) and 291(continuance of nuisance). The three were also arrested under section 33 of the Bombay Police Act for disobeying prohibitory orders.