Even after Supreme Court order on height restrictions, several organisations in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and thane celebrated the dahi-handi ritual on Janmashtmi with protests, black bands and black flags on Thursday.
Several organisations who conduct the event flouted the apex court order. The court had set a 20 foot or four-tier height limit for the human pyramids formed the occasion of the festival that marks Lord Krishna's birthday. It had also ruled that minors would be excluded from acting as the Govinda at the top of the pyramid who is tasked with breaking the pot full of curd, milk and other goodies.
While one Dadar organisation built a 'horizontal' pyramid on the ground and then broke the pot at a height of more than 30 feet, but the Govinda climbed a ladder to break it.
The participants of some organisations sported black shorts and arm-bands to protest the apex court ruling and after breaking the dahi-handi, the topmost Govinda waved a black flag.
In Thane, an organisation backed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) erected the dahi-handi at a height of 49 feet in an attempt to create a new world record which will be broken later in the day.
Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe said that the police were photographing and videographing the celebrations across the city.
“All those found flouting the Supreme Court norms shall be prosecuted depending on the kind of violations,” Dudhe warned, though police have not directly intervened to stop the celebrations.
Some other organisations also constructed pyramids that had more than four tiers or exceeded 20 feet and even deployed minor boys to break the dahi-handi pot.
On Wednesday, Supreme Court had upheld an earlier Bombay High Court ruling on the issue of height restrictions and participation of teenagers below 18 years during the celebrations.