A Durga Puja pandal in East Delhi has decided to do away with meat at food stalls after some residents raised objections to it, The Hindu reported on Wednesday. The decision was made to avoid controversy, the Purbachal Puja Samiti of Patparganj said.

The organisers blamed a group’s “vested interests” for the episode.

Earlier, a Facebook post by an individual had claimed that the police gave permission for the puja only after the organisers promised that meat would not be served, The Hindu reported.

However, Samiti president BC Mandal refuted it. “The police did not raise any objections to organising the puja,” he said. “The person who put up the Facebook post is not associated with us.” He said a few residents in the locality had objected to such food being served.