People urged to install one Ganesha idol for every ward

Organisers warned against forceful collection of donations

Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: Superintendent of Police Alok Kumar has appealed to people to install only one Ganesha idol in every ward of Davangere city and one Ganesha in every village in the district so that the Ganesha festival can be celebrated peacefully.

Addressing a "Ganesha festival preparatory meeting" here on Friday, Mr. Kumar said installation of too many Ganesha idols may create unrest among people and it might also result in harassing public for donations. He said that police would take action against those collecting donations forcefully from people for installing Ganesha idols. He said that installation of Ganesha idols on streets would not be permitted.

Mr. Kumar said people can apply till August 25 for permission letters from the police to install Ganesha idols. Only after inspection of the spot by an officer above the rank of a Circle Inspector, permission would be accorded to install the idol. Apart from the police, permission from the BESCOM and Davangere City Municipality has to be secured by those who wish to install the idol.

Mr. Kumar said that any kind of lottery as part of the festival by organisers has been prohibited. Disco dances are also not allowed during the festival. Organisers should not use mike after 10 p.m. and immersion of Ganesha idols must be done within 9 p.m. The police will make lighting arrangements at the Channel for immersion of Ganesha idols, he said.

The organisers who install Ganesha idol will have to take care that participants during the immersion procession or during the festival will behave properly and they will not consume liquor during that time, he said.

Another similar meeting will be held on September 5.

Representatives of different organizations and forums have agreed to abide by the rules and regulations. Among others Ramanath, Ramesh Tavadur and Sanulla were participated in the meeting. Ravinarayan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Davangere; Jagadish, Circle Inspector, were among the other police officers present.

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