On Saturday, the Thrissur Police in Kerala was faced with a pressing dilemma when they realised that they had to ensure the smooth conduct of a temple festival procession through the town at the same time when an anti-CAA protest by Muslim outfits takes shape.
Nearly one lakh people were to assemble in the popular Swaraj round in Thrissur town as part of an anti-CAA protest. However, at the same time, the festival procession of the local Bhaktapriyam temple complete with elephants and percussionists had to pass through the same area. So when top police officials spoke to organisers on both sides, they got a response that once again accentuated the state’s unique religious harmony and amity.
Muslim organisers of the anti-CAA protest promised to the police to lend help to ensure the temple festival procession was carried out smoothly through the town.
Nearly one thousand people who had turned up for the protest transformed into volunteers to clear traffic and crowds so that the procession could move through Thrissur town without any hurdles.
Visuals of the procession showed Muslim volunteers on either side of the road holding hands and maintaining crowd control as a caparisoned elephant carrying the idol and surrounded by percussionists and faithful walked through the town.
The video was shared on the Facebook page of the Thrissur City Police with a caption in Malayalam that read, “Humanity is bigger than religion. That’s the lesson the residents of Thrissur give to the country. Thrissur is rightly the cultural capital of Kerala.”