18 Drown During Immersion Of Lord Ganesh Idols Across Maharashtra And Gujarat

| September 24 , 2018 , 09:28 IST

A total of 11 people drowned across various parts of Maharashtra during immersion of Lord Ganesh idols on Sunday as the 11-day Ganesh festival came to an end. In Gujarat, 7 people drowned during the immersion of Ganesh idols.

According to the Director General of Police's Control Room in Maharashtra, 3 drownings were reported from Raigad and Jalna each, 2 drownings each from Satara and Bhandara and 1 drowning from Pimpri Chinchwad. Meanwhile, Gujarat's State Emergency Control Room confirmed the death of 7 people, out of which 5 drowned in Kheda and 2 drowned in Chhota Udepur.

The festival which began on September 13 on Ganesh Chaturthi, ended on Sunday with Anant Chaturdashi. While public Ganesh mandals took their idols to sea shores and rivers for immersion or 'viasarjan', families with smaller idols were increasingly conducting the immersion at home in buckets of water. Many civic bodies also set up artificial ponds for immersion to avoid pollution of natural water bodies.

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Unruly incidents marred the immersion processions in Nashik, Pune and Kolhapur, mostly over arguments on the use of sound amplifying systems, police said. The Bombay High Court had on Friday refused to lift the ban on use of hi-tech sound-amplifying systems imposed by the state government.

In Kolhapur, police had to resort to a mild lathi charge after procession participants got into arguments with the police who stopped them from playing high-tech sound amplifying systems.

Kolhapur mayor Shobha Bondre alleged that police personnel accompanying Kolhapur Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh spoke rudely when she was a part of one of the processions in the city.

"The police personnel with Kolhapur SP Abhinav Deshmukh used very rude language. This is unacceptable as I was participating in the procession as the mayor of the city," she alleged.