New Delhi, August 9: A day after a video showing a group of Kanwariyas turning violent and smashing a vehicle in Delhi’s Motinagar went viral, another video has now 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, according to news agency ANI.Also Read - Bihar, Jharkhand, UP Poorest States In India: NITI Aayog's Poverty Index

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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.

It must be noted that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take part in ‘Bhaichara Kanwar Yatra’ in Haryana’s Rohtak today. The yatra, which will be joined by the Chief Minister was launched by Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) unit in Haryana few days ago.

Kanwar Yatra

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.