New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the grant of concession on Bakrid in Kerala today despite the threat of the corona epidemic. Earlier, the Vijayan government in Kerala has told the Supreme Court that this has been done to provide relief to traders. On the other hand, states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Assam have decided not to give any exemption in view of the infection. The guidelines of the State Governments ban public sacrifice and congestion.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath in a review meeting directed to ban sacrifice in public places during Bakrid. A certain number of sacrifices can be made only at the identified locations. In the meantime, cleanliness, as well as administrative guidelines, have to be strictly followed. More than 50 people will not be able to gather at the same place. CM Yogi has ordered the administration of all districts to keep an eye on the fact that cattle, camels, and other banned animals should not be sacrificed on Bakrid day. CM Yogi has clarified that strict action will be taken against anyone found violating the rules and against him and his family. In Bihar, the administration has imposed a ban on gathering crowds at Eidgahs and mosques on the occasion of Bakrid in Patna. Bakrid prayers have been asked to be offered at home. Patna City SDO has said that action will be taken against those who post images, videos on social platforms hurting the religious sentiments of Qurbani.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has also issued guidelines for celebrating Bakrid amidst the corona crisis. Bakrid has been asked to celebrate at home. Only 5 people including maulvi will be able to gather at the mosque for prayers. The curfew will remain in force in 5 out of 34 districts of the state, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, and Vishwanathpur during Bakrid. The positivity rate of the corona is very high in these five districts. In addition, curfew will be in force in middle-level covid positivity rate Golpara and Morigaon districts from 1 pm to 5 am.