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Cop in uniform kneels down with folded arms before Yogi Adityanath to seek blessings

The police officer claimed he went to the temple after completion of work and had removing his belt, cap and other accessories and covered his head with a handkerchief before seeking blessings from Yogi Adityanath on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2018 14:58 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Gorakhpur (UP)
Yogi Adityanath,Gorakhnath temple,Gorakhnath Math
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.(PTI File Photo)

Photographs of a police officer in uniform kneeling down at the feet of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, on the occasion of Guru Purnima at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, went viral on social media.

Adityanath is also ‘Peethadishwar’ and ‘Mahant’ (head priest) of the Gorakhnath Math.

The photographs of the police officer, Pravin Singh, kneeling down at Adtiyanath’s feet with folded hands, went viral on the social media, forcing him to clarify his stand.

“I was deployed at the temple for security duty and I went there after completing my work with full dedication, when most of the disciples were seeking blessings. Out of my devotion and after removing my belt, cap and other accessories and covering my head with a handkerchief, I took blessings of Peethadishwar Mahant Yogi Adityanath,” Singh said.

“My shirt was wet with sweat and I had not ignored my work. Mahant Yogi sits in the position of a guru on two occasions in the temple - one at the time of Dussehra and other on Guru Purnima. I always pray at the temple for serving the country honestly and with dedication. It was just out of my devotion towards Baba Gorakhnath and nothing else,” he explained.

Singh is posted as Circle Officer, Gorakhnath in Gorakhpur.

IG, Civil Defence, Amitabh Thakur (IPS) said the police manual is not very clear on this count.

“This is a grey area and can be interpreted either way. But, a police officer needs to uphold the dignity of his uniform,” Thakur pointed out.

First Published: Jul 28, 2018 14:55 IST