Hindu Kalyan Ma­hasabha men give Shiva pho­tos to passersby near park

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AGRA/BAREILLY:

Hindu Kalyan Ma­hasabha (HKM) ac­tivists gath­ered at the Sub­hash Park on Wed­nes­day, of­fered prayers to Lord Shiva to mark Ma­hashiv­ra­tri and chanted ‘Jai Bhole’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and find­ing no Valen­tine’s Day rev­ellers, gave pho­tos of Lord Shiva to passersby near the park.

Valen­tine’s Day re­mained a peace­ful af­fair in the city of Taj Ma­hal as the po­lice made their pres­ence felt at lo­ca­tions where fringe groups were mov­ing.

How­ever, Manoj Agar­wal, state pres­i­dent of HKM, claimed: “We were suc­cess­ful in stop­ping the ‘ex­hi­bi­tion of vul­gar­ity’ as none turned up to cel­e­brate V-Day. We had our men at Sub­hash Park, Pali­wal Park, Ram Bagh, Red Fort and Sikan­dra. We dis­trib­uted por­traits of Lord Shiva and urged cit­i­zens to pray to him in ac­cor­dance with our tra­di­tion.

Cops were al­ready de­ployed there as SP (city) Kun­war Anu­pam Singh had stated on the eve of V-Day that no one would be al­lowed to in­ter­fere in pri­vacy of peo­ple in­tend­ing to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion in a law­ful man­ner.

Shivratri and V-Day were cel­e­brated peace­fully across Bareilly re­gion. Peo­ple thronged Ram Ganga river to take a holy dip be­fore reach­ing tem­ples to of­fer water to Lord Shiva. “The day went off peace­fully. No un­to­ward in­ci­dent was re­ported,” said ADG, Bareilly, Prem Prakash.

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