Tight security ahead of Chhath Puja in Mumbai

November 4th, 2008 - 8:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Raj Thackeray

Mumbai, Nov.4 (ANI): Security was tightened along the seashore and beaches in Mumbai where families of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were to celebrate the traditional Chatth Puja.
Usually celebrated a week after the Deepavali and spread over two to three days, this year it is being performed between November 3 and 5.
The security measures in Mumbai hold significance keeping in mind recent attacks by the newly floated Maharashtra Navnirman Sena against north Indians and the party workers threatening attitude towards organization of Chatth festival.
“You must have seen the preparations. We are doing lot of arrangements and the people are quite excited of this Puja. This year the administration has helped us a lot specially in case of the availability of water, lights, toilets and ambulance. The security arrangements are also being taken care by the administration as the crowd has been estimated to increase this year,” said Subhash Passi, the Organiser of Chattha Puja at Juhu beach in Mumbai.
Although the Maharashtra government and civic bodies including the Police in Mumbai has beefed up security measures, migrants from the north India in Mumbai were skeptical with the way certain agencies have handled the overall public safety and security so far in the recent past.
“The whole country knows how the security actually works here. It should not happen to be a show off stuff. Rather security should be taken more seriously,” said Bhanu Aggarwal, a mimicry artiste.
Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has been carrying out anti-north Indian campaign for past few months here.
Raj had earlier threatened not to allow organization of Biharis Chhath Puja as a matter of protest against people from Bihar. (ANI)

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