Cops clamp down on dhol-tasha groups in city

Police have also issued notices to owners of lawns that they should not rent out to more than one dhol-tasha group at a time

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 14, 2013 1:32 am

Adopting a tough stand against dhol-tasha groups in the city,the Pune police have issued notices to them saying they should not play more than 25 dhols at the time of practice and more than one group should not practice at the same spot in order to curb noise pollution. Police have also issued notices to owners of lawns that they should not rent out to more than one dhol-tasha group at a time.

This has caused unrest among the groups as they have not been able to practise for the past three days. A delegation of dhol-tasha groups met Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol on Tuesday and submitted their demands.

Pol later told media persons that a three-member committee comprising Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Makrand Ranade,advocate Pratap Pardeshi and Rohit Tilak of Kesari Wada has been formed to take a final decision on the restrictions and other issues related to the dhol-tasha groups. The panel is likely to announce its decision on Wednesday.

“We have been getting calls at the control room from senior citizens,ill persons and students about the noise generated during the practice of dhol-tasha groups. It was observed that many groups practise at the same spot and cause a lot of noise. So,we had to issue notices to the groups. We have also asked them to limit the number of musical instruments during the processions,” said Pol.

Parag Thakur of the Dhol Tasha Federation said,“The number of groups has increased but the places where they can practice are limited. Most of the groups practise on river beds or lawns so that people don’t get disturbed. Police have issued notices to groups as well as lawn owners under Section 149 of CrPC and restricted the number of dhols to 25 during practice sessions.”

“Cops also want us to restrict the number of dhols to 30 during processions but we have requested them to allow 75. A decision on this is expected soon.”

Meanwhile,during a meeting of Pune police,civic administration and Ganesh mandals held at Pune Municipal Corporation on Tuesday,DCP Ranade said,“We have asked the Ganesh mandals to restrict the number of persons in their processions. Some groups include nearly 500 people and move too slowly. The size of decoration during the processions also needed to be reduced. Minimum possible traditional musical instruments should be used.”

Dhol-tasha groups,however,argue that increasing use of traditional musical instruments has brought discipline and reduced hooliganism during Ganesh processions.

Focus on national integrity,police chief tells Ganesh mandals

Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol on Tuesday appealed to all Ganesh mandals to not to have decorations that lead to unrest in society and instead focus on spreading the message of national integrity. Outgoing mayor Vaishali Bankar had called a meeting of city police,civic administration and Ganesh mandals for ensuring smooth and peaceful 10-day Ganesh festival,which starts next month. Pol said some mandals have raised the issue of police putting restrictions on decorations during processions.

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