The Delhi Police Special Branch has suggested that blacksmiths along the Kanwar Yatra pilgrimage route be moved as they eat non-vegetarian food and leave bones behind, PTI reported on Friday.
The special branch ordered the district police to plot the route of the Kanwar Yatra.
“Due to the lack of a proper disposal system, they [blacksmiths] leave the bones and the Kanwar Yatris, leaving for the holy pilgrimage, would have problems with that,” an unidentified force officer said, according to PTI.
During the Kanwar Yatra, an annual pilgrimage, devotees of the Hindu deity Shiva collect water from the Ganges and offer it in the temples of their respective states. These devotees, called Kanwariyas, travel hundreds of kilometers on foot.
This year, the Kanwar Yatra will be held from July 14 to 26. It is organized after two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a notice, the special branch also described the Kanwar camps as soft targets and suggested that the district police maintain vigilance to thwart the plans of terrorists and other “unscrupulous elements”, according to The Indian Express.
He also suggested strict monitoring of social media platforms for fake posts.
“The entrance [from Special Branch] states that anti-social elements sometimes put out fake social media posts to provoke a particular community into violating the law,” another unidentified officer said. The Indian Express. “He says that since the Kanwar Yatra is a major event for Hindu devotees, the messages can have serious law and order implications, and there is a need to closely monitor what is shared.”
The special branch further flagged the use of music systems during the Kanwar Yatra and said it could lead to a law and order situation if the camps are located in mixed population areas.
In 2018, restless pilgrims from Kanwariya to Moti Nagar in West Delhi vandalized a car after it brushed past one on a congested road.