Follow the instructions during Gowri-Ganesha festival: CoP KT Balakrishna

Mysuru, August 24:- Commissioner of Police (CoP) KT Balakrishna has instructed those who install Ganesha idols on Ganesha Chaturthi on September 2 to collect an application from the concerned police station and submit before August 31.

“People are not allowed to install the idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) and paper mould. If anyone is found fleecing money to install Ganesha idol, action will be taken according to IPC section 384. It will lead to imprisonment of 3 years and fine or both. Those who install the statues should inform about the place, time and place of immersion and the route of the procession to the concerned police station. Prior permission should be taken from the police inspector. Action will be taken against those who don’t take permission. Setting up pandals on the road is not permitted. The permission letter should be pasted at the venue. Those who set up loudspeakers should use them only between 6 am and 10 pm. Vulgar songs are not permitted to be played. Entertainment programmes should finish before 10 pm. Entry fee and lottery are not allowed. Expert swimmers should be placed during idol immersion,” he instructed in his media release.

“Enough care should be taken to avoid fire mishaps if lamps are lit up. Water, sand should be available at the place. Mouse, cats and dogs should be kept away from prasadam. Idol immersion should be done before 10 pm. The procession should not harm the beliefs of other religions,” he added.

“Immersion should be done in places allotted by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). Entertainment programmes should be taken prior permission. Police should be informed if anyone is found selling idols of PoP and paper mould. No unwanted incidents should take place. If any violation of rules is found, inform 100, 0821-2418139, 2418339,” he added. (MR/KS)

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