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India: Hindu religious rituals in Police station premises

7 October 2011

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The Sunday Guardian

Police conducted havan at the end of Hazare’s fast

MIR BASIT HUSSAIN New Delhi | 4th September [2011]

he Delhi police heaved a sigh of relief after Anna Hazare called of his mammoth fast at Ramlila Maidan. Officials at Kamla Market police station thanked the heavens, by organising a havan as the protest concluded without any major untoward incidents. The ceremony was conducted by a priest named Pandit Vikas Navni.

Kamala market police is still under fire because of the way they handled Baba Ramdev’s protest at the same venue. After the havan, wives of the officials performed an aarti, sprinkled holy water and "cleansed" the station.

"We have to thank Him that nothing happened at the Maidan or any other places," said a policeman who took part in the havan. "We placed our guns by our sides and folded our hands. I haven’t felt such peace in a long time," he added.
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Indian Express

Surat police seek divine blessings to curb crime

Express News Service Tags : religious, police Posted: Sun Sep 27 2009, 03:03 hrs Surat:

At a time when crime is on the rise in the city, the Surat police organised a religious ceremony at the Khatodara police station on Saturday “to seek the blessings of the goddess to help them curb crimes in the area”.

According to sources, an Ambe Mata havan programme was held inside the premises of the police station.

A few tents were set up and five maharaj were called to perform the puja.

The religious ceremony was attended by a large number of senior policemen, including Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) Siddharth Khatri, D R Patel and M K Nayak.
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sirsanews on Oct 15, 2008

Havan at City Police Station Sirsa