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Kanwariya hooliganism: Delhi Police arrest one for attack on car in Moti Nagar



Kanwariya hooliganism: Delhi Police arrest one for attack on car in Moti Nagar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Delhi Police have arrested a 26-year-old ‘kanwariya’ with a criminal past who was part of a group of Kanwar pilgims for vandalizing a car after it brushed one of them in Moti Nagar, Delhi on August 7.

Rahul alias Billa, a resident of west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, is an unemployed man with no education and had been in jail for theft, said Vijay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (west).

“He was out on bail in a theft case registered in 2014. He had spent six-seven months in jail back then,” said the DCP.

On Tuesday, he and other kanwariyas vandalised a car in Moti Nagar after it had allegedly brushed past one of the kanwariyas. The incident which was captured on camera, showed the culprits attacking the car with sticks, smashing its windscreens and windows before tipping it over on the road and triggering a massive traffic jam.

Police claimed that Rahul was travelling alone and did not even know the pilgrim who was allegedly hit and injured by the car.

CCTV footage and entries made by him in registers at several kanwariya camps along the route helped the police identify Rahul.

“When we checked the dossier of criminals available with us, we found Rahul’s name in it,” said the officer.

A police team finally arrested Rahul around 6.30 pm on Thursday.

The DCP said Rahul had not seen the news about the crime and did not know that the police were looking for him.

“He had collected Ganga water from Haridwar and was headed home when he joined other ‘kanwariyas’ to vandalise the car. He was clearly caught on camera using a stick to smash the car,” said the DCP.

The occupants of the car, he said, immediately left the spot and later refused to make a written complaint.

Moti Nagar police registered a suo motu case of wrongful restraint and mischief causing damage on Wednesday, almost 24 hours after the crime.

Since both the offences are bailable, police have now added an Indian Penal Code section pertaining to rioting. “Rahul has been arrested for rioting which is a non-bailable offence,” Kumar said. The police had earlier attributed the initial delay in registering a case to the pending enquiry and the unwillingness of the victims to lodge a complaint.

Police said the kanwariyas were “agitated” after a couple in a car slapped a pilgrim after their vehicle brushed past him around 5.30 pm on Tuesday. “Rumours that the pilgrim was badly thrashed by the couple united the kanwariyas,” said the officer.

The police are yet to identify the pilgrim whose accident triggered the violence. Officers said CCTV footage has helped them zero down on at least three other suspects.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1533901422258{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #cccccc !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]The matter came up in the Supreme Court on Friday during the hearing of a petition by a film society about the threats and violence over the movie Padmaavat. The Supreme Court expressed its anger at such incidents of vandalism and asked the police to take strong action whoever indulged in such acts, irrespective of their religion.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It wasn’t just in Delhi: more incidents of kanwariyas going on rampage were reported from Uttar Pradesh with the police looking on, even as there was at least one instance reported of the cops themselves being at the receiving end of the violence of the so-called devotees of Lord Shiva.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1533901872777{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #e0e0e0 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]To maintain law and order, Uttarakhand’s principal secretary (home) Anand Vardhan on July 9 had written to home secretaries in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, asking them to conduct checking of all kanwarias and their vehicles, and remove tridents, sticks, baseball bats and hockey sticks from their possession, said a report in The Indian Express.

In his letter, Vardhan said last year the footfall was around 3.7 crore, and it is only expected to increase this year. The kanwar yatra started on July 28 and ends on August 10. “Most of the time, kanwarias carry tridents, baseball bats, hockey sticks and they don’t hesitate to use these weapons whenever they have an argument or fight with anyone. They also fight with shopkeepers and local public, which becomes a major law and order issue,” the letter states.

He also claimed in the letter that some of them consume drugs, which is another challenge for law and order enforcement officers. “Kanwarias initially came walking, but later some of their groups came in tractors, trolley, trucks, etc to Haridwar. It was observed that they start competing while returning home, driving rashly and causing road accidents. Their vehicles are also equipped with big music system, which increases the possibility of road accidents,” it states. He said the Uttarakhand police always removes these weapons and music systems.

The letter also states that there is scope for mismanagement since they usually travel in large numbers.

In his letter, he asked all home secretaries to direct their state police to frisk and remove such items. “We should also ensure kanwarias don’t get involved in illegal activities,” the letter states.

The letter was first sent to the principal secretary (home) Manoj Kumar Parida before being sent to the Delhi Police.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In fact, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP has gone out of its way to make Kanwariyas feel welcome, at the cost of great inconvenience to the rest of the citizens. Additional Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar was caught on camera showering rose petals on the Kanwariyas from a helicopter on Wednesday. Meerut Commissioner Anita Meshram and other senior officials too showered rose petals on Kanwariyas from the helicopter.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier conducted an aerial survey of the Kanwar Yatra route during the first half of the Shrawan month that began on July 28. The CM also reportedly showered flower petals from his chopper on the Kanwarias.

ADG Prashant Kumar, however issued a clarification saying on Thursday saying, ‘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 state government also reportedly spent over Rs 14 lakh for hiring the chopper from which senior police officers of the state were seen showering rose petals on Kanwar pilgrims in Meerut and adjoining districts, a gesture the officer seen on camera said was meant to welcome them. According to Economic Times, the chopper was hired from Air Charter Services Pvt Ltd at the cost Rs 14.31 lakh to the state exchequer.

Moreover, according to The Indian Express, not only did the top police officers shower flowers on the Kanwariyas, the government also made arrangements for DJ music for the yatris.

The DJs took a dig at the previous government which banned loud music during the pilgrimage. “Akhilesh ne hukum sunaya tha, DJ per ban lagaya tha, 2017 ke chunav me Bhole ne usey haraya tha. Chhakke chhuda diye Yogi ne. (Akhilesh had announced an order, DJs were banned; and in 2017 Lord Shiva ensured his defeat; Yogi has cut him to size),” they said while championing the Yogi Adityanath government for allowing DJs to play music: “DJ bajwa diye Yogi ne, Bhole nachwa diye Yogi ne (Yogi switched on the DJ, Yogi let the devotees dance).”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1533900977990{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #d6d6d6 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]Every year, thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva take up the kanwar pilgrimage, walking from their homes in various states to Haridwar and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch pots filled with water from the river Ganga. The water is then offered at their local Shiva shrines on Maha Shivaratri.

Originally confined to Bihar-Jharkhand, the ritual march has spread to other parts of north India and the number of Kanwariyas has grown exponentially over the years. According to Uttarakhand government’s principal secretary (home), they numbered about 3.7 crore last year and the numbers this year were going to be even larger.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While the state administration prostrated itself before them, the emboldened Kanwariyas resorted to violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district, attacking police personnel on duty and vandalising their official vehicles after the incident in Delhi’s Moti Nagar. The UP cops had to flee to escape the wrath of the Kanwariyas.

A day later, Kanwariyas went on rampage in Muzaffarnagar market. In the incident captured on camera, 10-15 Kanwariyas were seen destroying a car. They were reportedly angry after the car brushed past them.

As videos showing the so-called Shiva devotees going berserk in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr went viral, reports said that some Muslim families in a Bareilly village left their homes fearing violence when Kanwariyas would pass through areas in which their homes were located. A state official confirmed this to PTI, requesting anonymity, amid reports of stray incidents of violence involving the pilgrims.

The official revealed that since there was trouble last year at Khelam village in Bareilly district, which falls on the Kanwariya route, this time, the police have taken it upon themselves to deliver a ‘psychological message’ to avoid trouble.

Instead of trying to rein in the trouble maker Kanwariyas, the police have reportedly handed out ‘red cards’ as a warning to some Hindu and Muslim families in the village so that the incidents are not repeated.

“We have secret information that during the Kanwar yatra you might create trouble…with this red card, we are informing you that if you create any trouble during the Kanwar yatra, action will be taken against you. You will be held accountable,” the text on the red card reads according to The Indian Express.

About 1,500 villagers were also made to sign a ‘symbolic bond’, committing themselves to pay amounts ranging between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh if they created any trouble, the official said. He said drones and CCTV cameras were also deployed over the past few days in the village, to ensure the yatris complete their pilgrimage without any trouble.

Senior officials, however, denied reports that people had shifted out fearing any violence, said media reports which also quoted District magistrate Virendra Kumar Singh as saying that ‘anti-social elements’ had fled the village fearing police action.

Meanwhile, reports of commuters being inconvenienced due to the Kanwar Yatra also surfaced. Over the last few days, travellers have complained of huge traffic disruptions by the Kanwariyas, who are seen walking in large groups or riding two-wheelers and trucks, ignoring traffic rules and wielding hockey sticks and baseball bats.

According to a report in The Indian Express, local authorities shut down about a 150-kilometre stretch of National Highway 27 from Rudaulin in Faizabad to Khalilabad area of Sant Kabir Nagar between Lucknow and Gorakhpur for the general public to facilitate movement of Kanwariyas. The move forced commuters to take a long detour of pothole-ridden roads, through Barabanki via Gonda. For commuters coming from Gorakhpur, the traffic was stopped at Khalilabad in Sant Kabir Nagar district, about 37 kilometres from Gorakhpur, and they were asked to take either the Balrampur route or the Tanda route to connect back to the National Highway.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma says only 8 people applied for citizenship under CAA

Addressing a press conference at the Lok Sewa Bhawan in Guwahati, Sarma said that out of these applicants, only two have attended interviews with relevant authorities.



Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that only eight people have applied for citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from the state so far.

Addressing a press conference at the Lok Sewa Bhawan in Guwahati, Sarma said that out of these applicants, only two have attended interviews with relevant authorities.

The Assam CM further said that the State conducted outreach programmes in the Barak valley and approached many Hindu Bengali families and asked them to apply for citizenship under CAA. However, they refused to do so saying that they would prefer fighting their cases at the Foreigners Tribunal (FT), Sarma added.

Foreign Tribunals (FT), quasi-judicial bodies exclusive to Assam, are authorised to decide the nationality issue of doubtful citizens, he asserted. Sarma also claimed that most of the Hindu-Bengali families, who were not included in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), told him that they possessed the necessary documents to prove their Indian citizenship and preferred the FT route rather than applying for through the CAA.

When asked whether the Assam government is dropping cases in Foreigners Tribunals (FT) against Hindu-Bengalis, Sarma termed it misleading. He said the State cannot drop any case. The government is simply advising that before initiating a case, individuals should apply through the CAA portal. Even if a case is filed, there won’t be any outcome because these people are eligible for citizenship, Assam CM emphasised.

CM also assured that he is going to request the Advocate General to flag the issue of CAA so that FTs can give time to people whose cases are going on to apply for citizenship under the newly implemented law.

He added that the government cannot give a direction to the court to pause while deciding the citizenship cases. The FT judges themselves have to decide and they know the latest situation, Sarma said.

He also explained why there was a low number of applications in CAA, saying the Opposition myth that 15-20 lakh Bangladeshis will get citizenship in Assam has been busted completely.

The Chief Minister said that during the anti-CAA movement, five Assamese youths lost their lives. So they made the sacrifice to prevent only these eight people, he asked. This abysmally low number of eight applications, of which only two turned up for interview, is a bit surprising for us also, he said.

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AAP claims Arvind Kejriwal lost 8.5 kg, Tihar jail rebuts

Not 8.5 Kgs but Kejriwal lost around 3.5 Kgs during his incarceration period in prison.



The authorities in Tihar jail on Monday addressed the accusations of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that the Delhi Chief Minister has lost 8.5 kg weight through his term of imprisonment, saying not 8.5 Kgs but Kejriwal lost around 3.5 Kgs during his incarceration period in prison.

This was only after one of the confessed BJP’s was planning to destroy Kejriwal’s life by ignoring his medical needs as a diabetic. In contradiction, Tihar prison representatives, according to reports, disclosed that the chief minister has only lost 2 kg of weight from March 30 till now, and he is under the scrutiny of a medical board comprised of doctors from AIIMS.

It all started when AAP leader and Delhi Minister Atishi on Sunday claimed that Kejriwal had a drop in his weight of 8.5 kg after his arrest and his blood sugar continued to be below normal levels several times while in care.

AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh painted a picture of doom by stating that Tihar doctors had verified Kejriwal’s weight loss, mentioning the consequences of excessive health complications due to hypoglycemia. However, the Tihar prison administration denied the claims of AAP, which were sent to the home department of Delhi by saying they were misleading and detrimental to the prison, and were crafted to weaken trust in the prison system.

The authority alleged that they see a report each time the measurements are done; it makes them do their work better, as Kejriwal’s doctor uses it to monitor his condition. Prison staff stated that all necessary health care is provided to him, and he is always fed three times a day with home-cooked meals.

They were vociferous in condemning a plot, saying that the aim was to damage the image of the prison with wrong tales. As stated by Tihar-based medical documents, Kejriwal’s weight was 65 kg on April 1, as he got into the prison, and 66 kg from April 8 to 29. After getting back to jail on June 2, following a 21-day intermediary bail, his weight went down to 63.5 kg.

On July 14, his weight reduced further to 61.5 kg. Thus, a total of 2 kg was lost during his detention. The health condition of Kejriwal is still monitored by the AIIMS medical board, and updates on his health are being regularly given to his wife, Sunita Kejriwal.

However, there is the AAP that is adamant about their affirmative claims, stating that the act of reporting the documents without his go-ahead is illegal and also gives the impression that there are activities going on with the ultimate goal of getting rid of him.

This was followed a few months later by his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation on June 26 in a corruption case that revolved around the same case. Although he was granted anticipatory bail by possibly the apex court filed in the case of money laundering, he is still detained due to the ongoing corruption case.

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Hemant Soren meets PM Modi in Delhi, first meeting after release from jail

He secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.



Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after he was released from jail where he spent around five months.

Taking to X, Jharkhand Chief Minister said that the meeting was a courtesy call. Notably, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 this year in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president had spent around five months in prison, he secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

On July 3, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren stepped out of the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi Friday following the grant of bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay, while granting bail, noted that the Court’s findings satisfy the condition that there exist reasons to believe that Soren is not guilty of the PMLA offence he has been accused of.

Following Soren’s bail on July 3, the outgoing Chief Minister Champai Soren had said that the party alliance decided to elect Hemant Babu (Hemant Soren) as leader, after which he resigned from his post. Champai Soren tendered his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan and soon after Hemant Soren staked a claim to form the government. Soren along with alliance party leaders met the Governor after he reached Ranchi on July 3 evening from outside. Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of the State on July 4 again.

Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP leader Deepak Prakash claimed that Hemant Soren’s government of 4.5 years has been one that wreaks havoc on the public, one that takes away employment from the youth. Hemant Soren’s government is a synonym for corruption. The government has been involved in a mining scam, a tender scam and one that has brought jungle raj in the state, he added.  

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