Jewellery worth ₹1,35,000 stolen from devotee during visarjan

The old Pune area, home to major Ganapti crowd attractions, including the Dagdusheth Halwai mandir, Tilak road, Laxmi road and Alka chowk, all fall under the jurisdiction of the Vishrambaug police station. Police are in the process of registering various other offences.

pune Updated: Sep 07, 2017 13:18 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Police bandobast for the Ganesh visarjan in Pune. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

The 11-day Ganesh festival culminated with massive crowds of devotees gathering to witness the immersion of Ganpati idols during the visarjan processions which began from Laxmi road and ended near Tilak road.

Jewellery worth ₹1,35,000 was reportedly stolen from one devotee, while a mobile phone worth ₹15,000 was stolen from another. The two cases were registered under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Vishrambaug police station.

The old Pune area, home to major Ganapti crowd attractions, including the Dagdusheth Halwai mandir, Tilak road, Laxmi road and Alka chowk, all fall under the jurisdiction of the Vishrambaug police station. The police are in the process of registering various other offences.

Around 8,500 policemen were deployed all over the city, while CCTV cameras were used to monitor activity in the most crowded parts of the city.

The police were also responsible for keeping the crowd from getting unruly. However, clashes between mandal workers, journalists and police were reported from some crowded areas.

Reporters from local media organisations got into a tiff with Sudhir Hiremath, deputy commissioner of police, Cyber Crime.

People climbed buildings, trees and streetlamps to get a good view of the major mandals passing through Alka chowk. Tension was evident between people trying to get close to the stand where Mukta Tilak, mayor of Pune and descendant of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, was seated along with other dignitaries.

First Published: Sep 06, 2017 14:07 IST