A 30-year-old businessman and social worker has approached Nagpur’s Ganeshpeth Police requesting action against NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe for ignoring COVID-19 guidelines by attending a public function at Rajwada Palace on May 31. The man, Manish Meshram, a resident of Siraspeth, has alleged that over 200 people were present during the event, which had Mundhe as the chief guest.
When Nation Next spoke to DCP Rahul Maknikar (Zone III), he confirmed that such a request has been received by the police. DCP Maknikar said that the police will look into the allegations made by Meshram. While speaking to Nation Next, Meshram said that he had come to know of the function through a live video post on social media.
The 23-minute long video shows Tukaram Mundhe walking into the banquet hall of Rajwada Palace (situated near Gandhi Sagar Lake) amid cheers from the audience. The function seems to have been organsied by a city NGO, which shared the live video on its Facebook page.
Meshram told Nation Next: “NMC Commissioner Mundhe has time and again released various guidelines for citizens for their safety from COVID-19. These guidelines restrict people at a wedding to 50 and people at a funeral to 20. When such restrictions are imposed on the common man, how can NMC Commissioner attend a public function with 200 guests? Is he above the law?”
Meshram said that he is surprised as to how Rajwada Palace was allowed to organize such a function. Meshram added, “I want that police should take action not only against NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe but also against the owner of Rajwada Palace. I am also planning to meet Nagpur Police Commissioner Dr BK Upadhyay for the same.”
Here’s the video: