Police Commissioner warns against forcible collection of Ganesh ‘chanda’

Ganesh Festival this year will commence from September 17 with the installation of Idols and conclude on September 27 with the final immersion procession.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy said a section of the public and anti-social elements, taking advantage of the festival, as in the past, are likely to indulge in forcible collection of funds in the name of religion and religious functions. He said forcible collection of funds is likely to create religious animosity and hatred among different communities and individuals and is also likely to result in commission of offences and disturb public peace.

The Commissioner said that such forcible collection of funds, whether called donation or “Chanda” or by any other name, would not be allowed and it has been totally prohibited. Stringent action as per the law would be taken against those violating the law. (INN)