KANWARIYAS resorted to violence and unruly behaviour in two separate incidents on Sunday.
In the first incident reported from Pratapgarh district’s Kotwali area, the violence began over the refusal to play loud music when the kanwariyas were moving towards Belkharnath Dham after having collected water from Sangam in Allahabad. An FIR has been registered against one identified and over a hundred unidentified persons in connection with the incident, said Circle Officer (City) Kavindra Narain Mishra. Playing loud music is banned by the state government but the kanwariyas insisted on doing so, prompting the police to intervene.
“When the police arrived, they began pelting stones. We tried to persuade them to let go of their demands but they continued to agitate and damaged several vehicles,” said Mishra, whose official vehicle, too, was damaged by the kanwariyas.
In the other incident, which was reported from Allahabad, family members of one Ankit Gupta, who were joined by some youths from Ajahin locality near Lalgopalganj, blocked Allahabad-Lucknow highway and resorted to stone-pelting against the police after Ankit slipped and drowned in Shringverpur Ghat where he had gone to collect water.
Ankit’s body was fished out by the divers some two hours later, with the family alleging that the divers and the police did not arrive at the spot in time.
“Some vehicles were damaged. The in-charge of Lalgopalganj police post, sub-inspector Satish Yadav, sustained injuries in his head. Two FIRs, one filed by Yadav and another by the in-charge of Shringverpur police post, have been registered. We have identified at least 10 persons and further investigations are on. The situation is peaceful today,” said Circle Officer (Soraon), Durga Prasad.
The officer added that the blockade and violence continued for nearly four hours before additional police force was called in, leaving the passengers stranded all this while.