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Triple alert as festive week dawns

With Bakri Eid, Kartiki Ekadashi and Tulsi Vivah falling on the same days, CM demands that authorities stay alert

It appears that the next few days will keep city cops on their toes. At a high-level meeting chaired by CM Prithviraj Chavan, the issue of law and order was on top priority as three festivals -- Bakri Eid, Kartiki Ekadashi, Tulsi Vivah -- coincide with each other on November 6 and 7.

According to inside sources, the state has demanded that the authorities stay on high alert for the coming days, as some organisations have been aggressively demanding a ban on the transportation and slaughter of animals during Bakri Eid, to be celebrated on November 7.


Hungry kya? A goat munches on some leaves in the luggage
compartment of a local yesterday, ahead of Bakri Eid, which will be
celebrated on November 7. Pic / Atul Kamble


A Mantralaya official said that the police have been asked to remain alert during the transportation of animals, as it could offend the religious sentiments of others. "While Ekadashi will be celebrated on November 6, Eid and Tulsi Vivah will fall on November 7. As these festivals are holy, some people may get offended if they see animals being transported or being slaughtered. Hence, we have asked the cops to be vigilant during this time."

Last year, during the festive season there were a lot of complaints and unrest owing to the illegal transportation of animals and slaughtering in open places. "In 2010, at least 72 complaints were received and 10 were of communal tension," said a source.

And in an attempt to ensure that the festivals go without any hitch, the CM has asked the state minority department to start a helpline to address complaints related to Bakri Eid and the transport department to do the same for other complaints.

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