Goodwill rally organized in Bhaktapur for peaceful Bisket Jatra

10th Apr, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

BHAKTAPUR, April 10: A peace and goodwill rally has been organized in Bhaktapur district Monday morning before the commencement of the Bisket Jatra, the renowned Jatra (religious-cultural festival) in Bhaktapur district.

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The rally was organized to disseminate a message to conclude the Jatra in a peaceful manner after the Jatra started turning violent as the two groups of people participating in this event clashed with each other in course of the festival. The clashes occurred between those staying on the two sides of the five-storey temple. Sometimes they pelted stones at each other and brawls often broke out among them in course of pulling the chariot of the Bhairabnath deity. There are instances in the past of some of the revelers getting killed in such clashes.

The rally taken out under the leadership of the District Administration Office, Bhaktapur from the five-storey temple and Bhairabnath temple passed through different places of the city. Government employees, police, political leaders, representatives of civil society, local clubs, students, personnel of three security bodies, media persons, and general people participated in the rally.

More than 1,100 security personnel would be deployed and CCTV camera would be installed at 24 places to make the Jatra peaceful.