The Inspector’s letter dated January 8, to one Balu of Kumaraswamy Raja Puram, says that there is no permission to conduct a gaana programme on the 16th day ritual in connection with the death of latter’s younger brother Prabha.
“The petitioner can go ahead with the 16th day rituals, without the gaana programme,” the police official said, adding that allowing gaana programme can lead to law and order problems.
Well, one should remember that the Chennai police in June 2017 had used gaana numbers to promote road safety awareness. When asked if the city police banned gaana programmes throughout the city, a senior police officer pointed out it was not the city police’s policy.
“Such programmes are being traditionally held in different parts of the city, for many years. There is no blanket ban on gaana . The Basin Bridge police station Inspector had denied permission because of certain local area issues. Such decision can be taken by the local Inspectors,” a senior officer pointed out, adding that such programmes should be conducted in an organised manner.
VP Raghu, Chennai