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Vyapam whistleblower’s wife held with Rs.10 lakh, released

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Indore: The wife of Madhya Pradesh’s Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal or Vyapam scam whistle-blower was detained with nearly Rs.10 lakh here but was later released, a police official said on Sunday.Vyapam_website_380

Meghna, whistle-blower Prashant Pandey’s wife, was detained on Saturday.

Police Superintendent Indore, East Region, O.P. Tripathi told IANS that Meghna was held from an office near Nehru stadium here. She was carrying Rs.9,96,000.

“Since she could not satisfactorily explain the presence of the huge amount of cash, she was taken to a women’s police station. During enquiry, she could not explain the source and changed her statement a number of times. Police then seized the money and released her,” he added.

The official said the income tax department has been informed about the money seized from her.

Talking to IANS, Pandey said it was nothing but an attempt to harass them. “The money seized by police was withdrawn from a bank for purchasing a house.”

He said the government was harassing them because they had raised the Vyapam issue.

(IANS)

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Strange Rituals: Demon King Ravana is Worshipped on Dussehra

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Effigy of Ravana burns. Dussehra. Wikimedia

Sep 30, 2017: Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated with fervor at the end of Navratri every year. The festival is observed by burning the puppet of King Ravana. While at some places, the celebration of good over evil is celebrated by burning effigy of the demon king, there are some places where Ravana is worshipped on this occasion. It is predisposed amongst the followers that all their wishes come true on this day.

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Every year on Dussehra, the 125-year-old Dashanan temple in Shivala area of Kanpur is opened for its devotees. An idol of King Ravana is ornamented, and aarti is performed. Devotees perform religious rituals and light lamps to celebrate the festival. The temple remains closed following the burning of Ravana’s statue.

Dashanan Temple was constructed in 1890 by king Guru Prasad Shukl. The rationale behind the construction of Dashanan temple was Ravana’s adherence towards Lord Shiva.

King Ravana is worshipped at many places in India, for example: In Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada, a huge shivalinga established by Ravana is revered along with the demon-king. Vidisha, a village in Madhya Pradesh is dedicated to King Ravana. In this village, the first wedding card invitation is sent to Ravana before the commencement of any celebration. Neither the devotees burn dummies of King Ravana, nor do they celebrate Dussehra.

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