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Dussehra celebrations: Ravana Dahan at Kasturchand Park ground will symbolise victory over terrorism

Dussehra celebration preparations underway at Kasturchand Park ground, Nagpur. (Photo by: Suyash Sethiya)


Dussehra or Vijayadashmi marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura; it also marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. While the celebrations of this victory, Ravana Dahan (putting the Ravana statue on fire) takes place at many places in Nagpur, but the Dussehra celebrations at Kasturchand Park ground are the biggest. Nation Next gives you a low down on the 65th Vijayadashmi or Dussehra celebrations which are going to take place at KP ground tomorrow.

During the partition in 1947, a lot of people from Pakistan migrated to different places in India. Some of them who settled in Nagpur later started the organisation called the Sanatan Dharam Yuvak Sabha. This organization apart from being actively involved in a lot of social work has been organising the Dussehra celebrations at Kasturchand Park ground for the last 65 years!

The theme for the Dussehra celebrations is different every year and revolves around current affairs in India. While speaking about this year’s theme,  the junior vice president of Sanatan Dharam Yuvak Sabha, Milan Sahni told Nation Next: Keeping in mind the unrest in India because of the Uri attacks, we have kept the theme of this year’s celebrations as Surgical Strike. We have painted the faces of the chief of the terrorist organization ?Jamaat-ud-dawa?, Hafiz Saeed and other terrorists over Ravanas body. We intend to burn terrorism to ashes this year!

More than a lakh Nagpurians visit KP ground every year to witness these celebrations. Obviously, the arrangement and security measures are given a lot of importance. Prashant Sahni, the joint secretary of the organisation told Nation Next: We are expecting a turnout of 1,25,000 people tomorrow and we have made arrangements for 18,000 people to sit. To make sure nothing goes wrong, we have appointed more than 50 security guards for tomorrows function. Around 400-450 Nagpur police personnel will also be on guard. We would like to thank Nagpur Police for being so supportive.

Like every year three statues have been prepared which will be put on fire. These statues include a 71-feet statue of Ravana, a 55-feet statue of his brother Kumbhakarna and a 60-feet statue of his son Meghanada. Interestingly, the statues at KP ground Dussehra celebrations are made by a certain Binwar family which has been making these statues for more than 40 years now! Before the Ravana Dahan, a special firework show has been kept for the spectators which will start at 5:00 pm. Thereafter, a small Ramleela programme will be also be staged which has been produced by Vijay Kher, the chairman of the Dussehra committee. The Ravana Dahan will take place at 7:00 pm.

Prominent personalities are expected to be present for the Ravana Dahan at KP ground. These personalities include Ministry of Energy, New and Renewable Energy Maharashtra – Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Nagpur city Mayor – Pravin Datke, Nagpur MLAs – Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane and Krishna Khopde,  congress politicians Vilas Muttemwar and Dr Nitin Raut and Nagpur Mahanagar RSS Sanghachalak ? Rajesh Loya.

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1st COVID-19 case in Ramdaspeth crops up near Cabinet Minister Vijay Wadettiwars residence

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For the first time, a resident of Ramdaspeth tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday. The patient, who is said to be residing in an apartment near Cabinet Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation in the Maha Vikas Aghadi and senior Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwars residence (behind Tuli Imperial), is said to be a middle-aged woman. 

The patient is reportedly connected to a resident from Mominpura. However, nothing concrete as of now can be said about the same. More details are awaited.

Also read: Nagpur: 91 test positive in 24 hours making COVID-19 tally rise to 1266

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Nagpur: 91 test positive in 24 hours making COVID-19 tally rise to 1266

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Nagpur COVID-19 tally as on June 20 rose to 1266 after 91 people tested positive for the virus in past 24 hours. Out of the total 91, while 69 patients belonged to Naik Talao/Bangladesh, 11 from Shantinagar, four from Lashkaribagh, three from Ganeshpeth, one from Uppalwadi, one from Ramdaspeth, one from Mehendibagh and one belonged to Mominpura.

Out of the total, 823 have been cured and over 333 are currently being treated upon.

Also read: NMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe storms out of meeting after Corporator calls him blot on Saint Tukaram

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Nagpur man discovers 4-month-old foetus in gutter; cops suspect illegal abortion

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In yet another shocking incident, a resident named Rahul Tumane discovered a 4-month-old foetus lying in an abandoned condition behind his house (near plot number 13, behind Kajal Bar and Restaurant area) in Pardi inside a gutter. 

Police inspector Sunil Chavan told Nation Next that a four-month-old foetus, wrapped in a cloth, was found lying inside a gutter near a house on Thursday night in Pardi. Chavan also informed that the foetus was sent for an autopsy to Mayo Hospital and the reports are awaited. Police have suspected the possibility of abandonment after an illegal abortion. 

A case has been registered under Section 318 (Concealment of birth by secret disposal of a dead body) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the basis of a complained filed by Tumane. 

Also read: Nagpur: Zone 5 Police team seize four trucks carrying illegally mined sand

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