A large number of youth including children and labourers hired by the scrap dealers arrived at the immersion points early on Saturday morning to fish out material they could get from the idols.
The GHMC pressed excavators, earth-movers, mini tippers and vehicles with 10 tonnes of capacity to remove waste after immersion.
"The accused, while returning after immersing the idol, attacked them with iron rods, sticks, and sharp weapons," the Talegaon Dabhade police station official said.
The immersion of the idols began right from the early hours of Thursday at several water bodies.
The grand procession for the towering Khairatabad Ganesh idol will commence in the morning, following religious rituals, and culminate with immersion on NTR Marg at approximately 1 pm.
The petitioners argued that these guidelines violated their fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 19, 21, 25, and 300-A of the Constitution.
Although ban in the state, environmentalists say PoP idols of the deity were immersed in water bodies
The entire process involves lifting of idols, scrap, and other material from the lake and making the shoreline neat and clean within 15-20 days.
The incident occurred when the accused, G Ajay and B Mahesh, accompanied by their two minor friends, entered the pandal and took the laddu from the idols’ hands.
The authorities are closely monitoring the situation to prevent any further communal tensions from flaring up. Investigation is on.
Apart from locals, students have been urging the civic body to fix the road as the stretch falls between Government College of Technology (GCT) and Avinashilingam University.
According to the police, on Wednesday night, during the immersion procession, the father and son entered the river, slipped, and drowned in the water.
Idols shorter than six feet are being submerged in the temporary water bodies across city
Intense spells of rain, triggered by a low-pressure system, have continued to disrupt normal life in several parts of southern districts.
BMC officials said the temporary ponds created at Daya River have not been affected and some of the organisers have been diverted to the place.
“You can manufacture anything out of natural clay,” a bench of CJI DY Chandrachud said as it dismissed a plea filed by a Ganesh idol artisan challenging the order passed by Madras HC.
According to police, more than 312 massive idols were placed in Ramanathapuram district and several hundreds in Madurai. In Puliyanthoppu area, 150 kg of vetiver was used for crafting the idol.
Idol makers noted a huge demand for clay Ganesha idols this year due to the ban on PoP idols and flower vendors who had also expected to see a surge in demand, did not see good sales this year.
Efforts are on to instal only clay idols and raise public awareness, but political support for pandals and PoP idols is creating a hurdle.
However, the immersion of such idols in water bodies must not be permitted, the judge had said.