Convicts celebrate Chhath inside north Bihar jail

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Darbhanga, Nov 3 (UNI) Altogether 32 inmates, including 15 women convicts, with the help of more than 200 others in this north Bihar district jail were performing the 'Chhath puja', the biggest festival in Bihar, inside the jail premises for the third year in succession.

As per the strict rituals of the four-day festival, which began yesterday, special earthern stoves had been prepared for cooking 'prasads' by the selected devotees from among the jail inmates .

A 10 by 15 feet tank had also been created in the open space of the jail to enable the convict devotees to offer their obesiance to the setting as well as rising Sun God on the penultimate and the final day of the fetival which falls tomorrow and the day after.

Ruling out the possibility of any trouble or violence inside the jail premises during the four-day festivity in accordance with the state's long tradition of maintaining peace and tranquility during the 'Chhath', District Magistrate Arun Kumar said, however, the police had been asked to remain alert.

He said special arrangements had been made by the district administration to provide all necessary raw materials and other ingredients required for the puja to the devotees.

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