The Mumbai Police does a no-show at a meeting called by the Charity Commissioner over the alleged manhandling of devotees and police personnel by Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav mandal's volunteers.Details of an inquiry into this were revealed in a report of which mid-day has a copy. Following media reports and an official visit of the city commissioner, Shivkumar Dige, to the pandal last year, an inquiry was initiated in the mandal's functioning. It focused on crowd management with the deputy charity commissioner calling all involved parties for a hearing. The police, however, did not record its statement.
Additional Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisve, DCP (zone 3) Avinash Kumar and DCP (zone 4) N Ambika were asked to be present on October 3 for a hearing at the Charity Commissioner's office but none of them showed up. A statement recorded during the hearing mentioned that the police was reluctant to allow some VIPs and VVIPs referred by other government offices, into the pandal, leading to chaos.