Cuttack: Police DG B.K Sharma has instructed all concerned to take stringent action against the persons who are involved in forcible collection of donation and cause disturbances in the process of smooth celebration of festivals.
Police have so far registered five cases and arrested 13 persons in this connection. Police said that Chandili police station in Rayagada has arrested seven persons in two separate cases while Hemagiri police in Sudargarh district has also arrested four persons in a single case.
“The festival season has begun in the state with the celebration Ganesh Puja and it will continue till Baliyatra and Kartikeswar Puja. This period is a very tough time for police as many anti-socials and mischief mongers try to create disturbances in society in the name of religion and festival. Forcible collection of donation (chanda) is very rampant during the period and it sometimes causes serious law and order situation in the state. The worst victims of this illegal practice are common people, transport operators and business establishments,” said a police official.
Police have also urged residents to lodge complaints of forcible collection of donations for festivals. “Concerned police stations have also been directed not to disclose the identity of the complainants,” added the police official.