Five held for bid to extort donation for Ganesh festival
    Pune, Sep 11 (PTI)Pune Police have arrested five
persons for allegedly beating a shopkeeper and his mother in
Wakad area for refusing to pay donation for Ganpati festival,
days after video of the incident became viral on social media.
    A Wakad police station officer said on Wednesday that
a case has been registered against seven persons under section
307 (Attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and
five of them were arrested two days back.
    An undated video of the incident shows some members of
a Ganapati pandal in Wakad demanding donation from a grocer,
identified as Ramesh Choudhari.
    "When Choudhary refused to pay, he and his mother were
thrashed by the donation-seekers," the police officer added.
    The annual Ganesh festival, which started on September
2, will conclude on September 12. PTI SPK

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