Police deny receiving permission to use loudspeakers.

Police refused to use loudspeakers at Kochi festival . Organizers say they are going forward with some changes .

In Kochi, uncertainty loomed over Bob Marley's conduct: Paatum Porattavum (song and resistance), a festival held by Njattuvela Samskarika Pravarthaka Sangam after police refused to use loudspeakers at the event.On Sunday, filmmaker Suveeran would open the commemoration of the legendary Jamaican musician.On Saturday, representatives of the Njattuvela Cultural Forum announced that they are going forward with the program with some changes.The event's organizers announced that eminent personalities, including Meena Kandasamy, K Satchidanandan, theatre legend P M Antony, writer Charu Nivedita, and slain journalist Gouri Lankesh, had all participated in the previous editions, which have been held at Fort Kochi beach annually since 2009.

According to a senior officer with the City police, the ability to use loudspeakers was denied, adding that a refusal of such a request means that there is no need to show the program at all.tnn