December 17, 2016 12:12:36 am
HINDUTVA OUTFITS have demanded that the government should ban the Sunburn Festival within 48 hours. Hindutva activists have also planned a rally on Saturday against the festival, which is proposed to be held on a privately-owned 90 acre land at Kesnand on the Pune-Ahmednagar Highway.
In a press conference on Friday, Parag Gokhale of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, an outfit associated with the Sanatan Sanstha, advocate Mohan Dongre of Samast Hindu Aghadi, Anand Dave of Shiv Sena and others said they would launch a severe agitation if the event is not cancelled.
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“BJP-Shiv Sena government in the state came to power because it assured to work for the cause of Hindutva. It is sad that despite this, Sunburn festival is taking place in Pune,” said Dongre.
Gokhale said although the organisers of the festival claim that they are against consumption of drugs, police in Goa have recovered banned narcotic substances from the venue of this festival in the past. “Also, the Goa government banned the festival this year because its organisers did not pay the taxes to the tune of Rs 3 crores. The Maharashtra government should not allow such an event to happen in Pune. Hindtuva activists are taking out a rally from Kasba Ganpati to District Collectorate against this event on Saturday morning,” he said.
Chandrakant Warghade of Mahiti Seva Samiti said, “I have filed an application under the RTI Act to know whether organisers of Sunburn festival have taken the necessary permissions from the government offices. It has been 20 days now, and I am yet to get any reply. Local persons have observed that organisers have cut trees illegally. I have filed a criminal and civil suit today against the Sunburn festival organisers. We want to bring a stay on it legally.” Activists said they have given letters to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Guardian minister Girish Bapat, local BJP MLA and also police authorities against the Sunburn festival.
Sunburn CEO Karan Singh said, “We do nothing illegal. Sunburn has always practised zero tolerance to narcotics. Our festival policy doesn’t entertain any sort of drug consumption. We believe the youth needs to engage offline too. With the social media, face-to-face interaction has diminished. Sunburn has brought engagement among the youth. We work very closely with all government authorities to ensure a safe event.”
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