Ban put on rowdy dancing during Visarjan in Andaman

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Port Blair, Oct 8 (UNI) The District Administration of South Andaman has advised all Durga Puja Celebration Committees to ensure dignified behaviour during 'Visarjan', the immersion of idols on 'Vijayadashmi' tomorrow.

Following complaints of drunken driving and raucous dancing against Puja Committee members every year, the administration had decided to prohibit the practice during the Puja days.

''We have also decided to declare either October 9 or 10 as 'dry day' to control the over-excitement of local youths who often indulge in fanatical consumption of liquor,'' said Deputy Commissioner of South Andaman S N Jha during a meeting with representatives of all 33 Puja Pandal committees of South Andaman, recently.

The Committee representatives had been advised to strictly follow the timings while operating loudspeakers and bursting crackers.

''All committees have been advised to encourage devotionals songs on that day instead of loud pop music to maintain the dignity of the festival,'' the Deputy Commissioner added.

A similar meeting was held in the conference hall of the SP's district office, where representatives of all the Puja pandals had been advised to maintain law and order.

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