Mass homas: MLA goes scot-free in Belagavi | Hubballi News – Times of India

BELAGAVI: While police have fired a FIR following directions from MG Hiremath, district deputy commissioner, against those who performed mass homas across the city recently, officials in Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) have refused to name BJP MLA Abhay Patil, the main organiser.
Patil, on May 24, kicked-off a homa drive in 50 places in the Hosur area in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19. Patil had said he would continue holding homas till June 15 across Belagavi South constituency.
A big number of people hailing from various youth and women organisations wearing masks and sporting face shields took part in the homas. People were seen pouring ghee, neem, rice and other ingredients on altars on wheels. Patil had said, “In Sanatana Hindu Dharma, homas and havanas has scientific validation.”
But the FIR registered by Shahapur police under sections of the Disaster Management Act and Karnataka Epidemic Act, names four people but not Patil. The complaint was filed by Shivanand Bosle, a BCC health inspector.
Asked why Patil’s name was omitted, Jagadish KH, BCC commissioner, said the health department “named those responsible”. Hiremath said the corporation may have found it appropriate to file a complaint only against the four. He admitted Patil did not have permission to conduct the homas.

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