Police arrest Phagwah revelers at the Kendra
Phagwah celebrations for some did not end as expected yesterday when police ranks arrested six male revelers at the annual event held at the Kendra in Prashad Nagar.
Angry relatives who converged outside the Kitty Police Station last evening were perturbed by the fact that they had been locked out and the police were not forthcoming with any information as to why the young men had been arrested. Reports are that the streets to the front of and around the temple were packed with closely parked vehicles on both sides.
Many of the Phagwah ‘players’ had spilled out of the Kendra compound onto the already crowded streets and were on the roadway, throwing powder and soaking each other. One relative told this newspaper that a female police rank who was nearby apparently took offence when water, reportedly from a water gun, got on her uniform and as a result arrested some of the youths.
“Yuh cyan come to crab dance and don’t expect fuh get mud on yuh skin,” said one relative who added that the female rank was walking among the revelers when the incident occurred. “Dey had brown clothes police right deh and dem din care,” he added.
The youths were subsequently taken to the Prashad Nagar Police Outpost where they spent about an hour and were later transferred to the Kitty Police Station. Following several hours of tension, two of the lads were detained, three placed on station bail and another was released with no reprimand.
The two detained young men are expected to be charged for assaulting a peace officer.