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Holi celebrated peacefully in city

THE FESTIVAL of Holi was celebrated with traditional fervour amid foolproof security here on Wednesday. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city. Ever since morning, a large number of people including foreign nationals thronged the streets to celebrate Holi on Wednesday. The streets were flooded with colourful people dancing to the tunes of Bhojpuri, Hindi and English songs across the city.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 23:59 IST

THE FESTIVAL of Holi was celebrated with traditional fervour amid foolproof security here on Wednesday. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.

Ever since morning, a large number of people including foreign nationals thronged the streets to celebrate Holi on Wednesday. The streets were flooded with colourful people dancing to the tunes of Bhojpuri, Hindi and English songs across the city.

A good number of foreign nationals were seen on ghats some of them also dancing to the tune of Bhojpuri songs. Kids were engaged in throwing colours on commuters on the road and danced to the tune of popular songs.

Several Shiv Barats were also taken out in different localities to mark the occasion. As part of Holi celebrations, women and kids were seen pouring water and somewhere flower petals on the Shiv Barats in lanes and by-lanes of the city.

A moderate downpour filled enthusiasm among the people celebrating Holi on the roads making the weather slightly cold.

Except the main gate, the peripheral gates of BHU were closed from 8 am to 1 pm on Wednesday to avoid entry to outsiders in the campus.

However, the impact of the bomb blasts at Sankat Mochan Temple and Cantonment Railway Station in Varanasi on March 7, was quiet evident, as large number of people playing Holi were seen raising slogans against terrorism.

“We, Banarasis do love peace and mutual tolerance and no terrorist act could disturb the communal fabric of this city,” said Shantanu Mishra, a youth accompanying Shiv Barat, adding “We are on the roads to convey the message that traditional ambiance of this historical city will remain unaffected.”

Heavy police force besides the CSF jawans were deployed in the sensitive and overcrowded areas of the city to avoid any untoward incident.