Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut called Munger firing incident an attack on Hindutva. He said, "Munger firing incident is an attack on Hindutva. If such an incident would have had happened in Maharashtra, West Bengal or Rajasthan, governors and BJP leaders would have demanded President's rule. So, why is Bihar governor and BJP leaders not raising questions?" On October 26, firing happened at the time of Goddess Durga idols immersion in Munger and a man got killed in the incident.
National president Lok Janshakti Party Chirag Paswan slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by comparing him with 'Mahishasura' over Munger violence. He said that the people of the state which he termed goddess Durga bhakts, will tell CM Kumar that how will they kill (vadh) the 'Mahishasuri' government on voting day.
Addressing a joint press conference of 'Mahagathbandhan' in Patna on October 28, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav spoke on Munger incident. Yadav said, "We condemn firing by police in Munger, in which 1 person was killed. This double-engine government definitely had a role in it." "We want to ask Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, who gave permission to become General Dyer? We want High Court-monitored probe," he added. One person was killed and several were injured after police allegedly opened fire following ruckus during a procession of Goddess Durga on October 26 in Bihar's Munger. The police claimed that the person died when someone from the crowd fired. Police resorted to baton charge on a group carrying Goddess Durga for the immersion. The injured were rushed to nearby hospital. Around 20 policemen also sustained injuries during stone pelting. The police also recovered three 'desi kattas' (country-made pistols) with some live cartridges.
The international Suspension bridge in Uttarakhand's Dharchula town has been reopened for three days to facilitate the Nepali citizens who had served the Indian Army and other Indian organisations and wanted to cross over to collect their pensions. The bridges will remain open for five hours for three days beginning from Wednesday (October 21). Pensioners, who are citizens of Nepal and previously served in the Indian Army or other departments, came to India to withdraw pension from various banks and post offices. Speaking to media, Tehsildar of Dharchula, Mohan Goswami said, "The bridge was opened from 9 am to 2 pm on Wednesday (October 21) for Nepali citizens, who had retired from services in India. 238 Nepali citizens entered India for pensions and 151 Indian citizens went to Nepal. The bridge will be closed at 2 pm."
On October 26, a 21-year-old college girl was shot dead in broad daylight in Ballabhgarh. According to police, the incident happened when the woman went to write her college exam. Two accused have been arrested in the incident and are in police custody. According to victim's brother, "The problem is that we have to sit for justice, we did not give vote to sit, we gave vote so that we could get justice at our doorstep. It is more than 24 hours, no MLA, politician came to meet us. If she would have been a Muslim daughter, everyone would have come. But she is Hindu therefore no one is coming."
BJP leader Khushbu Sundar was detained by police on October 27. She was on the way to Chidambaram to protest against Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan's alleged remark on Manusmriti. The VCK leader had said all women were "belittled and treated badly" as per Hindu dharma. He stated this while participating in a webinar 'Periyar and Indian Politics' last month.
Having composed and released 20 albums consisting of bhajans and songs, Sohil Baloch is now set to melt his listeners' heart with his latest bhajan composition dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hailing from Rajkot city of Gujarat, Sohil though belongs to a Muslim family has been brought up on bhajans, which today have become his passion. For his latest composition, he not just broke the religious barriers but even the territorial ones by including in it the tabla performance of the famous Pakistani musician, Wajid Ali Tafu. The melodious rendition of the duo is not just meant to evoke devotion among people but also spread the message of peace and harmony among different faiths. Inspired by his father and elder sister to take up music as his career, the 30 year old has also worked with famous Indian playback singer, Anuradha Pundwal. A music teacher in School, Sohil has also composed and sung a number of bhajans dedicated to various Hindu Gods like Ganesha, Swaminarayan and many more. Hardik Mehta in whose studio Sohil has composed his latest bhajan feels fortunate to be a part of it. Sohil by way of his music and singing is not just showcasing his respect to the beliefs of other community but is also becoming a medium to unite two faiths.
The immersion of Lord Ganesha idols, marking the conclusion of 11-day long Vinayaka Chaturthi festivities, was held here on Tuesday with participants wearing masks and following social distancing norms for COVID-19. With the pandemic casting its grim shadow, Mumbai witnessed a much quieter Anant Chaturdashi, which marks the end of the 11-day Ganesh festival, on Tuesday. Idols were immersed in the sea, lakes as well as artificial ponds built by the municipal corporation. More than 35,000 police personnel were deployed across the city. The police also monitored the streets and beaches with the help of about 5,000 CCTV cameras. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, former CM Devendra Fadnavis were seen immersing idols.
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To mark the end of Durga Puja, women in Kolkata participated in 'Sindur Khela' ceremony on October 26. The ceremony took place at a Durga Puja pandal. Bengali community immerses the clay idol of the goddess on this day with a heavy heart. Married women play 'Sindur Khela' ahead of Durga visarjan ceremony in Kolkata. 'Sindur Khela' is a Bengali Hindu tradition where women smear each other with vermilion on the last day of Durga Puja.
Morning 'aarti' was performed at Jhandewalan Temple on the sixth day of Navratri today. This day is also called Shashthi of Navratri. Devotees worship the sixth form of Goddess Parvati which is 'Katyayani Devi'. She is seen as the slayer of demon 'Mahishasura'. Navratri is being celebrated across the country since October 17.
On the ocassion of Navratri, patients performed 'Garba' at a Covid-19 care centre in Mumbai. The patients at Nesco Covid center in Goregaon were accompanied by health workers. Navratri festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. The 9-day long festival is being celebrated from October 17 to 25. Celebrations of Sharad (autumn) Navratri involve worshipping Goddess Durga, her nine forms. Over the next nine days, devotees offer their prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts. Also known as Sharad Navratri, the festival marks Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura.
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