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Supreme Court Directs Police To Take Strict Action Against Kanwariyas Engaging In Violence

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| August 10 , 2018 , 13:20 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the police to take stringent action against the Kanwariyas who indulge in vandalism and take law into their hands. 

Earlier this week, various incidents of vandalism and unlawful activities by Kanwariyas were being reported from various parts of the country.

The action came after Kodungallur Film Society filed a petition seeking guidelines for ensuring that protests and dharnas are regulated so that there is no violence and rioting. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud was hearing the matter.

Attorney General KK Venugopal while drawing attention to the vandalism caused by the Kanwad yatris said, “Kanwariyas are overturning vehicles in Delhi. In India, there is a riot every week. Marathas in Bombay, SC/ST Agitation, a group even threatened to cut-off the nose of an actress during protests against Padmavat movie. It goes on and on. Police has not registered FIR.”

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Justice DY Chandrachud added, “One side of the National Highway was cordoned off in Allahabad for Kanwariyas.”

The court further asked Venugopal to suggest about should be done to stop these unlawful activities. Venugopal replied, “If Superintendent of Police is made responsible directly, then the scenario will change.”

The first incident came up in the national capital’s Moti Nagar area where a group of Kanwar vandalized a car after a scuffle with the car owner. The police have so far made one arrest in the case.