'Ganesh Visarjan': Police resort to baton charge on pilgrims in Varanasi

Varanasi: Varanasi Police on Tuesday night resorted to baton charge to disperse the pilgrims who were trying to immerse Lord Ganesha idols in the river Ganga.

These devotees were protesting for the past 31 hours to immerse the idol in the river Ganga. Police imposed section 144 in Godowlia area. However, the idols were immersed in a pond in Lakshmi Kund in the presence of police force. 

Notably, earlier in 2013, the Allahabad High Court had ordered a complete ban on immersion of idols in Ganga and Yamuna to keep a check on the increasing pollution in the rivers.

In the past three years, the High Court several times ordered a ban on immersion of idols in Ganga.

 

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