Shiv Sena leader Gajanan Kirtikar and BJP leaders from the city on Wednesday said city police should not create fear among members of Ganesh mandals.
The Kirtikar-led delegation,comprising members from Shiv Sena and BJP,submitted a memorandum to Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol,demanding that mandal workers should not be treated like criminals or be booked under charges of extortion for taking vargani (monetary contribution).
The saffron parties demanded that police should not issue notices to traders who give advertisements to mandals and urged them not to put any restrictions on playing dhol tasha after 12 pm during immersion processions.
They said police should not file complaints against youths,including students and working professionals,for playing dhol-tasha.
The leaders demanded that police should not seize loud speakers during processions and issue notices under Section 149 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC). Police should ensure there is no delay in giving required permissions to carry out processions,they said.
Shiv Sena had recently appointed Kirtikar as the in-charge of party affairs for Pune district .
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