Kumbh Mela: VVIPs flout HC order

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Lucknow, Feb 15 : VVIPs seem to be causing much trouble these days. The latest is them flouting a High Court Order while attending the Kumbh Mela. Adding to the woes at the Kumbh Mela, now a senior BSF official has flouted a High Court order which has forced the Uttar Pradesh Government to seek the intervention of the Prime Minister. They have requested his intervention to ensure that the Kumbh Mela is conducted in a smooth manner.

According to the High Court order, on special occasions( including the Shahi Snan days) VVIPs should not be allowed nor their vehicles be allowed to ply in the Kumbh area.

However, the DG of BSF, Subhas Joshi flouted this which has created problems. In the letter addressed to the Prime Minister, it states that there should be an immediate message issued that 'VIPS, VVIPs, leaders, capitalists, people belonging to the corporate world, officials and bureaucrats all comply with the High Court directives and help the state government in ensuring that the 'Kumbh Mela' is held smoothly and in a proper manner.'

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Khan said that if such a senior official misuses his position it can only be imagined what the situation would be. He has also warned that Mela officials would have to be answerable as to how VVIPs were allowed to reach the ghats in their vehicles and has warned that those found responsible for the same would be punished.

According to media reports, Lucknow DIG, Navneet Sikera who also took a holy dip in the Sangam, has also flouted rules by driving up right to the banks of Sangam with him family. However, Sikera claimed to be unaware of the Court order when questioned. An inquiry has been order with regard to the same.

Along with issues that have come in the way of the Mela, pilgrims have heaps of trash at the holy place. Media reports suggest that On Mauni Amavasya which was last week, when lakhs of people took a holy dip,700 tonnes of waste piled up on the riverbanks which took almost 7,000 cleaners to clear the mess.

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