In Hubballi, the Ganesha idol, which had been installed at Idgah Maidan, was ceremoniously immersed in a well near the Glass House on Thursday. The immersion procession, led by leaders of Hindu organizations, BJP representatives, and devoted participants, preceded the Lord’s immersion and included customary rituals.
The police breathed a sigh of relief as the immersion of the Lord concluded without any disturbances. However, the lengthy procession, lasting approximately five hours to cover just over a kilometer, did test the patience of the security forces.
Due to the granted permission for the event, which was limited to three days and up to 12 noon on Thursday, the members of the Rani Chennamma Maidana Gajanana Utsava Mahamandal decided to move the idol from the controversial ground a bit earlier. Subsequently, a grand procession, tightly secured by the police, made its way through the city, with a significant turnout of devotees and various Hindu organizations’ members. The procession culminated at the Indira Glass House, where the immersion ceremony took place near a well, concluding around 4.30 pm.
Police Commissioner Renuka Sukumar expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the Ganesha immersion procession. To ensure the safety of the event, more than 5,000 security personnel, including units from the Central Industrial Security Force and Rapid Action Force, had been deployed. She added, “No untoward incidents were reported throughout the procession.”