Delay in immersion created more problems for the police force even as civic officials struggled to clear the remains of the idols before the CoP.
Hyderabad city woke up on Sunday after a thunderstorm at night and found its foyer full of action. On the one hand was Ganesh immersion dragging on and on the other side was a tense police and public awaiting a Telangana protest march.
Giving it a third dimension was the venue of international conference (CoP 11) about to begin in HICC which the protesters might target.
As the Ganesh immersion was behind schedule, the city police notified deviation in march route from Necklace Road to Sanjeevaiah Park.
Hundreds of trucks were parked and idols lay awaiting immersion on the Basheerbagh and Tank Bund Road.
The whole of Necklace road and all its entry point were
barricaded since last night, leaving the morning joggers fuming.
The harassed-looking GHMC officials and cleaning contractors were struggling to deal with ever-increasing number of Ganeshas.
“In spite of clear instructions from the government police failed to speed up the process of immersion”, points out a municipal official. “We shall be clearing the lakes by afternoon, was the impatient remark of L Vandana Kumar, Additional Commissioner, Health and Sanitation.
Being Sunday and commerce establishment having decided to keep the shutter down, the whole City lay open to Ganesha immersion and T march. This made the situation a bit easier for the police.
(With inputs from Inkeshaf Ahmed, Mohd Subhan, Rahul Ramakrishna and Md Nizamuddin)
Seven die in accidents
The Ganesha immersion festival turned sour late last night when three persons were killed and four children suffered injuries in accidents related to immersion.
Two youngsters died at Chilkaguda cross roads near railway quarters when the lorry drivers carrying idols accelerated and the two were overthrown. They were crushed under the lorry tyres.
In another incident, a priest, Srikanth Sharma, died of heart-stroke near Kabutarkhana. The 27-year-old Sharma was dancing when he suddenly collapsed. He was shifted to hospital but died.
Four children were also injured in separate incidents connected with immersion procession.