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Case registered against horse handlers for misbehaving with pilgrims in Kedarnath

RUDRAPRAYAG, 14 June: Superintendent of Police in Rudraprayag has issued strict instructions to all the subordinate officers deputed on Kedarnath Yatra duties to ensure simple, safe and smooth Yatra for all pilgrims. The SP has stressed that every pilgrim reaching the 11 th Jyotirlinga Kedarnath should feel safe. These instructions have been issued in view of a recent incident where some horse and mule owners or handlers had misbehaved with the pilgrims and had allegedly even indulged in violence against them. A case has been registered against the culprits and they have been arrested.
Strict instructions have been issued to ensure that no one misbehaves with the in-charges to make the popular Kedarnath Dham Yatra smooth, simple and safe. Every devotee reaching the door of the 11th Jyotirlinga Baba Kedar should feel safe. For this  necessary guidelines have been given to all the in-charges to take effective action against those who misbehave with the devotees. It may be recalled that Tanuka Paundar, a devotee from Mahipalpur Delhi, who had come on Kedarnath Dham Yatra, had complained at Kotwali Sonprayag that on 10 June, she had left Gaurikund on foot for Kedarnath Yatra. On the way, near the Bhimbali bridge, she saw a horse fallen and in a bad shape. As a result, she stayed there and sought help from the passersby but none of them stopped. Meanwhile, a person  started beating other animals there and when this was objected to, some other horse handlers also came and attacked her and even threatened her and asked her to leave Uttarakhand. This complaint was filed by Tanuka on 12 June 2023 while returning from Kedarnath at Kotwali Sonprayag.
On the basis of the complaint of the complainant, investigation was carried out by registering charges under the relevant sections of IPC at Kotwali Sonprayag. During the investigation, 5 accused involved in the incident of assault have been identified and necessary legal action has been implemented. Those identified include Ankit Singh, Santosh Kumar, Rohit Kumar and Gautam in addition to one adolescent who has not been named by the police. The Police claim that they have been arrested and legal action has been initiated against them including suspending their license as horse handlers.