- Kanwar pilgrims attacked a car in Muzaffarnagar after it brushed them
- A mobile video of the incident was filmed and shared online
- The passengers in the car escaped with minor injuries
A group of kanwar pilgrims, dressed in saffron clothes, have been caught chasing a car and attacking it in a mobile video filmed in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar. The car was attacked as it brushed past them, reports news agency ANI. The passengers escaped with minor injuries.
The video is one of many that have emerged in the past few days where unrestrained hooliganism by pilgrims has caused public disruptions. While the kanwarias enjoy a free run, unchecked by the police, there's a growing anger against them in the online circles. The social media users have questioned the police inaction and how religion has become a garb to protect the vandals.
Earlier this week, a group of kanwar pilgrims were caught on camera wrecking a car on a busy road in Delhi. They attacked the car with rods and tipped it sideways as the driver had brushed past them. What came as a shocker is the police's response that appeared to justify the attack by saying that its driver had slapped a kanwaria after an argument.
In Bulandshahr,Kanwar pilgrims could be seen chasing the police and smashing up their van, unafraid of the law.
A video of Meerut's police officer Prashant Kumar showering rose petals on kanwar pilgrims from a chopper also drew massive criticism in the online circles who largely saw it as "waste of public money."
During annual Kanwar Yatra, thousands of Lord Shiva devotees walk from their homes in various states to Haridwar, Gaumukh, Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy water in pots from river Ganga. While grand arrangements are made for their shelter, security and food on the sides of the roads at regular distances, commuters have complained of massive jams as pilgrims compromise traffic rules, unafraid by the law.