A police officer from Uttar Pradesh came under fire for utilising his aerial survey to organise a ‘rosy welcome’ for kanwar pilgrims on Wednesday. A video that is doing rounds on social media shows Meerut’s senior police officer Prashant Kumar, accompanied by Chandra Prakash Tripathi, showering rose petals from a chopper to greet pilgrims.
Kumar tweeted the video and then removed it after the backlash it received on social media.
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“No religious angle should be given to this, flowers are used to welcome people. Administration respects all religions and actively takes part, even in Gurupurab, Eid, Bakrid or Jain festivals,” Prashant Kumar said today, defending his “flower welcome”.
People on social media were not impressed by what they largely see as a “waste of public money”.
“Frustrating to watch this nonsense”, said one tweet. “Who is paying for this joy-ride,” wondered another Twitter user commenting on the video.
The incident comes a day after Kanwars wrecked and toppled a car in Delhi’s Moti Nagar area, which had reportedly only brushed past them.
#WATCH: A group of ‘kanwariyas’ vandalise a car in Delhi’s Moti Nagar after it brushed past them while driving. The people in the car got off safely. No injuries were reported. Police says no formal complaint has been filed by the victims (07.08.2018) pic.twitter.com/rKc6VJMZnh
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More than ten Kanwar pilgrims were seen in the video smashing the windows of the car with sticks and tipping it over as policemen and spectators watched without stopping them.