Kanwariya violence must stop, says SC

Apex court asks police to act 'tough'.

New Delhi: Vandalism and destruction of public property cannot be allowed, the Supreme Court said on Friday in strong observations about violent protests as the Centre’s lawyer cited, among other instances, the recent spike in havoc unleashed by Kanwar pilgrims.

“Damage to public properties is a serious issue… This is a grave situation and this must stop. We will take action and won’t wait for amendments,” the court said.

These comments came after the government’s lawyer Attorney General KK Venugopal told the top court: “Judges might have seen media reports how Kanwariyas damaged cars, overturning it,” Venugopal added, referring to videos of Kanwars attacking vehicles including police cars. “There has to be an FIR and responsibilities fixed,” he added.

Another attack by Kanwar Pilgrims in up’s Badaun

Wave of violence unleashed by the ‘Kanwariyas’ continue to create law and order problem for the Yogi Adityanath government in UP.

The kanwariyas torched several vehicles and disrupted the Badaun-Bareilly highway on Friday morning after a truck crushed some of the ‘Kanwars’ and injured nearly 30 people.

Police sources here said that the incident occurred when a group of 100 ‘kanwariyas’ of Bareilly were going to Kachla ghat on the Ganga.

A large contingent of police forces have been deployed in the area and the injured ‘kanwariyas’ admitted to the hospital. The authorities have closed the Bareilly-Badaun highway for the time being in view of maintaing law and order..

(With inputs from PTI)

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