UP po­lice face a tough task to con­vince peo­ple over kan­war ya­tra

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - S Raju let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MEERUT: A day af­ter the Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment sus­pended the an­nual Kan­war Ya­tra in the wake of pre­vail­ing Covid-19 pan­demic, of­fi­cials in Meerut and Sa­ha­ran­pur re­gions — the two main pil­grim­age cen­tres of the ya­tra — said they have a tough task ahead to con­vey the de­ci­sion of sus­pen­sion of the ya­tra to devo­tees and con­vince them.

“Spread­ing the mes­sage and con­vinc­ing devo­tees would be a big chal­lenge in the com­ing days,” said ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral ( ADG) of po­lice, Meerut zone, Ra­jeev Sab­har­wal.

The state gov­ern­ment, in con­sul­ta­tion with the Haryana and Ut­tarak­hand gov­ern­ments, on Satur­day de­cided to sus­pend the an­nual pil­grim­age of Lord Shiva devo­tees that takes place in the Hindu holy month of Shra­van. The ya­tra was to start from July 5-6 and con­clude on July 19.

Jag­mo­han Shakal, who has been or­gan­is­ing a camp for pro­vid­ing food and lodg­ing to ‘Kan­warias’ for over two decades now, sup­ported the de­ci­sion and said that camp or­gan­is­ers were wor­ried about the safety of devo­tees.

Ev­ery year, three to four hun­dred thou­sand devo­tees come to the Meerut’s Kali Pal­tan tem­ple dur­ing the ya­tra ev­ery year.

Tem­ple’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee’s sec­re­tary Satish Ku­mar Sing­hal ex­pressed his dis­may over the sus­pen­sion of the ya­tra. On the other hand, the tem­ple’s chief priest Srid­har Tri­pathi sup­ported the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion and said, “Life is above all and devo­tees should un­der­stand it.”

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