Cops fail to manage crowd; charge cane on devotees

Ujjain : With the heavy surge of devotees in the queues held up outside the temple, policemen deployed at various points to manage law and order faced lots of trouble to manage the crowd. As the rush increased near Bada Ganesh temple at 7 am on Friday, stampede like situation occurred and police had to cane charged to manage the crowd. A woman got injured during the stampede and was hospitalized later.

Police installed barricades parallel to the road near Bada Ganesh temple and restricted devotees to allow inside the temple. Cops also restricted temple priest to go inside the temple and they started charging canes over innocent devotees. Veteran astrologer Pt Anandshankar Vyas called SP Anurag to control the situation. Mismanagement was prevailed at the temple as some influential people and duty cops made backdoor entry into the temple without having passes. ADM Avadhesh Sharma reached there and directed officials to issue notice to cops who gave backdoor entries to their relatives.

VIPs and media persons were given entries from gate number 5 behind Mahakaleshwar Temple. Some elderly people also got entry through this gate. As they entered into the temple, some policemen misbehaved with them and made them aside. Police also stopped priest to enter into the temple.

A woman who was queued up to have darshan of the lord was robbed off her wedding necklace on Friday. Some unidentified miscreant snatched away her wedding necklace. Vijayalakshmi, 60, wife of Keshavrao, resident of Khadwa Andhra Pradesh came here along with her family members to pay visit to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlingam. As she was standing in the queue, an unknown miscreant snatched away her 30 gm gold wedding necklace. She lodged a complaint at Mahakal Chowki. On the other hand, cellphone of Pt Jitendra son of Umakant Joshi, a resident of Kartik Chowk was stolen away at Ramghat.

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