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UP top cop showers rose petals on Kanwariyas; invites Twitterati’s wrath

CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI, AUG 9 (AGENCIES): | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 2:41:55 AM IST

 A video of Uttar Pradesh Police ADG showering rose petals from a chopper to welcome Kanwariya pilgrims has gone viral on the social media. 

The video, however, did not paint a rosy picture of the top cop and has earned him the Twitterati’s wrath.

Many Facebook and Twitter users have decried the act saying it was a waste of public money. 

The video of the Additional Director General (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar showed him showering rose petals from a chopper on Wednesday to welcome the Kanwariya pilgrims. 

Commissioner Anita Meshram and other senior officials were also seen showering rose petals on Kanwariyas from the chopper. The ADG had tweeted the video, but later removed it following the backlash. 

In defence, on Thursday, he said, “No religious angle should be given to this, flowers are used to welcome people. The administration respects all religions and actively takes part even in Gurpurab, Eid and Jain festivals.”

The incident comes two days after Kanwarias were caught on camera creating a ruckus in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar after a car allegedly brushed past one of them and a case was registered against the woman driver.

UP govt spent Rs 14 lakh on chopper

Uttar Pradesh government has 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. 

ET has a copy of an order issued by the state home department on August 5 that approved the hiring of a chopper for “keeping an alert vision and effective surveillance” in Meerut and adjoining districts from August 7 to August 9. The chopper has been hired from Air Charter Services Pvt Ltd at Rs 14.31 lakh, the order says.

 

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