Kanwarias damage vehicles after an accident in New Delhi

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New Delhi, July 19(ANI): Scores of Kanwaria pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Haridwar went on the rampage, damaging several vehicles and obstructed normal traffic at Madhipura in the national capital on Sunday.

Reportedly, two Kanwarias were hit by a car, which infuriated fellow Kanwarias and led to mob violence.

The enraged Kanwarias tried to set a bus on fire after damaging a few buses passing through Madhipura.

"I was coming from Rampura. A car came towards from behind. The man in the car saw my Kanwar (carrier of holy water). He had already applied brake but I think he pressed the accelerator again because of which I fell down," said Monu, an injured Kanwaria pilgrim.

Monu also expressed dissatisfaction at the facilities that the Kanwarias were being provided in New Delhi, saying: "The Delhi government has not done anything for us. The Uttar Pradesh government is much better."

Every year, the Kanwarias travel hundreds of kilometres on foot to reach the holy town of Haridwar to collect water from River Ganges and return to their hometowns, where the water is offered at the local Shiva temple.

And often, incidents of violence are reported whenever these Kanwaria pilgrims are knocked down or hit by vehicles enroute. (ANI)

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