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‘Identity’ crisis: As Chandigarh celebrated International Yoga Day, many turned away from venue

Seeing the ruckus, the police detained them and more than one dozen were taken to the Sector 3 Police Station.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Updated: June 22, 2016 4:41:22 pm
International Yoga Day, Capitol complex, PM Modi, Yoga Day Event, Chandigarh, India News Yoga participants didn’t get the ID card after registration and they protested outside the capitol Complex, Chandigarh Police Arrested them in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Express Photo/Sahil Walia)

Not all those who were selected were able to be part of the Yoga Day event held at the Capitol Complex Tuesday, as several were not allowed to enter the venue after they failed to show their identity passes. The event which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed around 30,000 participants.

Angry over not being allowed to enter the venue, the people started protesting just as the event was about to begin. Seeing the ruckus, the police detained them and more than one dozen were taken to the Sector 3 Police Station.

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A group of 42 people who had come all the way from Kurukshetra in Haryana were first to leave the venue. Most of them even claimed to have attended the rehearsal Sunday, but were not provided identity cards, at the last moment. “Since last three days, we were staying at Kisan Bhawan in Panchkula. We were promised that cards will be provided as we had registered ourselves,” said Ramesh Chand, a resident of Ismailabad in Haryana. “For one month we attended the yoga training, and at the end we were left in the lurch,” Chand added.

Bharampal, another participant, blamed their village SDM for the chaos. “For such a big event, you need coordination which we have found missing,” he told Chandigarh Newsline.

A group of school children from Ambala, who arrived at the venue around 2.15 am, too were not allowed to enter. “We were asked to wait and in the end, they didn’t let us go inside,” said Pranav Parashar, a student from the MJI school.

There were others who had identity cards, but were denied entry as they reached late. “We received the Identity cards in the morning. We reached here at 6.45 am, and the police said we cant go inside,” said Heena Khan, a student from Ambala’s women ITI college.

Many participants even complained of wrong photographs being used in their identity cards. Manish, a teacher from Ambala’s Naraingarh, who was leading 300 students to the venue, said 70 students were not allowed to enter. “They had one month time to do the preparation. Even the names, photos used in the identity cards are not correct,” he said, adding, “I feel as if I wasted my one month today. Administration is responsible for this.”

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