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In Mumbai: After last year’s attack on cop, no visarjan at Kalyan lake this year

The four men of Jarimari Seva Mandal were booked for attempt to murder, after they thrashed a police officer last year

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2017 23:10 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
The Tisgaon lake in Kalyan where the incident occurred last year (HT photo)

Residents of Tisgaon village in Kalyan (East) will have to look for another lake to immerse Ganesha idols this year.

The reason: the mandal which holds immersions at Tisgaon talao has pulled out, citing last year’s incident in which four of its members allegedly beat up a police officer.

Devotees had been performing immersions in the lake behind Tisai Devi temple for the past 20 years.

The four men of Jarimari Seva Mandal were booked for attempt to murder. The video of the incident had gone viral and adversely affected the goodwill of the mandal.

“One of our members is still in police custody. We don’t want to carry out immersion in the lake after the last year’s incident. He was charged for murder. In fact, the officer was trying to drown our men,” said Nana Suryavanshi , secretary of the mandal.

This lake is a private one and is looked after by the mandal, which plans to beautify it this month. However, organisers won’t allow immersion.

“We will beautify the lake. But we won’t immerse Ganesh idols in it. All members of the mandal have agreed on this,” added Suryavanshi. There are around 50 members of the mandal.

The lake used to see thousands of immersion every year. The mandal would make all arrangements required for the immersion.

“There has never been a complaint against our members in the past 20 years. Last year’s incident occurred owing to that policeman,” added Suryavanshi.

Meanwhile, the mandal plans to prepare an artificial pond in the village for immersion.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 23:10 IST