Complaint lodged with police against websites like Amazon, Flipkart, Indiamart etc for selling idols made of paper pulp; pro-Hindu organisations demand action

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Pune (Maharashtra), 10th September 2021: The idols made of paper pulp cause immense pollution and are harmful to the ecosystem; therefore, the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’, Western Zone, Pune had issued an order on 30.09.2016 imposing a ban on such idols. 

On 03.05.2011, NGT had also brought a stay on the Government’s decision encouraging the use of idols made of paper pulp. Even then, on e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, eco-Ganesh, etc, the sale of idols made of paper pulp is going on a large scale. 

It is a violation of the Court orders issued by NGT and criminal cases should be filed against the concerned, was a complaint lodged by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and other pro-Hindu organisations at Pune, Sambhajinagar, and Jalgaon. The above information was given by Sunil Ghanavat, the State Coordinator of HJS.

In 2011, the then State Government had issued an order promoting idols made of paper pulp. In a written reply from the Government on query under RTI, it was stated that the Environment Department and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board had not conducted any study in this matter. HJS then filed a petition with NGT about the excessive pollution caused due to the use of idols made of paper pulp and on 30.09.2011, NGT brought an indefinite stay on the Government’s orders while issuing an order against promotion and encouragement for the use of idols made of paper pulp. Violation of NGT’s orders and selling idols made of paper pulp is, therefore, a crime, stated Ghanavat on the occasion.

Shashank Deshmukh of HJS and advocate Suresh Kulkarni, the founder member of ‘Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad (HVP)’ have lodged a complaint with the Police Commissioner’s office at Sambhajinagar (Aurangabad); Deepak Agawane of HJS and Rhushikesh Kamathe of ‘Shri Shivapratishthan Hindustan’ lodged a complaint with Pune Police Commissioner’s office while similar complaints were lodged at Jalgaon by Mohan Tiwari, the North Maharashtra Regional-Head of ‘Hindu Rashtra Sena’; with Abhijit Raut, Jalgaon District Collector by Gajanan Tambat of HJS, pro-Hindu advocate Niranjan Chaudhari and H.B.P. Yogesh Maharaj Koli; besides at the office of the Superintendent of Police. District Collector Raut has promised to look into the matter and take further action.