Lakhisarai, August 11: About 25 kanwariyas were injured after the bus they were travelling in overturned and fell into a roadside ditch near Patna on Saturday. The incident occurred near Pachmahla police outpost in Patna district when the driver of the bus, which was on its way to Deoghar in Jharkhand from Janakpur Dham in Nepal, lost control over the vehicle. Also Read - Vaccine, Jobs And Unemployment Allowance: High Political Drama in Bihar as Parties Wage Manifesto War Ahead of Polls
All the 25 Kanwariyas, most of whom received minor injuries, were admitted to the Barahiya referral hospital in Lakhisarai district. The injured passengers are out of danger and will be released from the hospital by the evening, police said. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Those Who Spent Time Encouraging Jungle Raj..., Nitish Attacks RJD, Refrains From Talking About Paswan
A day after a video showing a group of Kanwariyas turning violent and smashing a vehicle in Delhi’s Motinagar went viral, another video emerged in which a group of Kanwariyas can be seen vandalising a police van after an altercation with locals in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on August 7. After the video going went viral on social media, police registered a case against them. Also Read - LJP's Chirag Paswan Promises to Stand With PM Modi And His Beliefs Until Last Breath
Amid the alleged cases of Kanwariyas resorting to violence, Additional Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar was seen showering rose petals on Kanwariyas from a helicopter yesterday. As the move created controversy, the ADGP issued a statement urging people not to give the act a religious angle as flowers are used to welcome people. “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,” Prashant Kumar told ANI.
The tradition of Kanwar Yatra is believed to be a part of the Shaivite faith. The pilgrimage was done by saints and hermits until early Nineteen century but got prominence later within the common masses. The devotees usually collect water from holy pilgrims like Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.
(With agency inputs)