[Video] In UP, Top Cops Shower 'Rose Petals' On Kanwariyas From Helicopter
Last year Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed pruning of ‘gular’ or Cluster fig trees considered inauspicious by devotees participating in the Kanwar yatra. This year the Yogi Government has again gone out of its way to please the devotees of Kanwar Yatra – UP police officials were directed to shower rose petals on Kanwariyas.
On Wednesday, a video of Additional Director General Of Police (ADGP), Meerut Zone, Prashant Kumar and Meerut Commissioner Anita Meshram along with other senior officials can be seen showering rose petals from a helicopter on Kanwariyas.
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Along with ADGP(Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar, Meerut Commissioner Anita Meshram and other senior officials also showered rose petals on Kanwariyas from a helicopter yesterday pic.twitter.com/tI0cFMYQPk
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According to the Hindustan Times, ADGP Prashant Kumar said, “No religious angle should be given to this, flowers are used to welcome people. Administration respects all religions and actively takes part, even in Gurupurab, Eid, Bakrid or Jain festivals.”
The Logical Indian tried contacting ADGP Prashant Kumar and Commissioner Anita Anita Meshram, but both of them did not respond to the calls. The authorities told us that the officials are busy because of Kanwar Yatra.
Kanwariyas song for Yogi Adityanath
DJ Music was also arranged for the Yatris. Interestingly, the Kanwariyas in this years’ yatra are swinging on the tunes of songs like, “DJ bajwa diye Yogi ne, Bhole nachwa diye Yogi ne (Yogi switched on DJ, Yogi made the devotees dance).
One of the song took dig at former CM Akhilesh Yadav. The tune of which was “Akhilesh ne hukum sunaya tha, DJ per ban lagaya tha, 2017 ke chunav me Bhole ne usey haraya tha. Chakke chuda diye Yogi ne.” (Akhilesh had announced their order, DJs were banned; And in 2017 Lord Shiva ensured his defeat; Yogi has cut him to size).” In his term, the former Chief Minister of the state, Akhilesh Yadav during his term had banned DJs and other loud music during the Kanwar yatra.
Meat shops asked to go vegetarian
Other than this, the Uttar Pradesh authorities have also “requested” meat shop owners to stop selling non-vegeterian food items during the yatra.
“We requested those engaged in meat business to co-operate with us during the Kanwar yatra, and I am thankful to them that a majority among them have closed down shutters of their shops for the period or have switched to the vegetarian mode,” told Rajesh Kumar Pandey, SSP (Meerut), to the Indian Express.
The other arrangements
The Baghpat district magistrate Rishirendra Kumar has been supervising arrangements for the three-day long Kanwar fair that is to be held in Pura Mahadev Temple, Baghpat. Lakhs of devotees will offer holy Ganga water to the deity.
“We have divided the sprawling campus of the temple to six zones and 12 sectors to ensure that devotees don’t face any hassle. A 24/7 vigil is being maintained through the CCTV, while a Magistrate heads each sector. We have deployed the PAC, the Rapid Action Force (RAF), Special Task Force(STF) and the area police to ensure peace during the fare,” Kumar said. According to the Zee Tv, in the wake of Kanwar yatra, schools and colleges in several districts and parts of Delhi-NCR too have been closed.
The Kanwar yatra is an annual feature during the Shravan month of Hindu calendar. The devotees of Lord Shiva go on a Yatra and the three-day fair at Pura Mahadev Temple, Baghpat marks the culmination of the Kanwar Yatra.