Nashik: Nashik Mahanagar Ganeshotsav Mahamandal and devotees on Sunday prepared to stage road blockade over refusal for setting up of pandals by Ganesh Mandals along roads and smaller roads.
Agreeing to permit Ganesh Mandals to set up pandals on their earlier spaces, civic body backtracked on the issue. Following this, office bearers of Mahamandal and devotees expressed their happiness amidst beating of drums and cymbals.
The office bearers of Mahamandal enraged after civic body refused to give permission for setting up of pandals on roads and along the roads and stated to file offences if pandals were not set up on allotted space. When activists of Navprakash Suryaprakash mitra mandal in Ghankar lane were setting up of the pandal, west divisional officer Nitin Nere opposed this.
Thereafter a verbal lashes took place between the president of the mandal and Nere. In addition, as civic body started preparations to remove pandals of around 10-12 mandals on and along roads in Old Nashik, office bearers in Old Nashik area were angry.
In this way, dispute between office bearers and civic body administration reached police station. In addition, Nitin Nere gave a letter mentioning to take action against Sameer Shete to police and Shete also tried to lodge complaint against Nere for hurting religious sentiments. At that time senior police inspector of Sarkarwada police station Ashok Bhagat tried to pacify both of them.
As this matter reached to office bearers of Mahanagar Ganeshotsav Mahamandal, they decided to stage road blockade in Ravivar Peth area at 10 am on Sunday against civic body administration. Office bearers and devotees gathered in large numbers at Ghankar lane for this. Considering law and order situation, police immediately rushed there.
Divisional officer Nere was called there and civic body permitted office bearers of the mandals to set up pandals on earlier spaces to maintain law and order. Thereafter, the office bearers withdrew their decision to stage road blockade.
Gajanan Shelar, Sameer Shete, Ramsingh Bavri, Ganesh Barve, Devang Jani and others held discussions with police. Following permission in writing the issue was over.