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UP Cop is Sprinkling 'Gangajal' and Applying 'Chandan' Paste to Purify Visitors at Police Station

UP Police SHO Prem Chand Sharma with gangajal and sandalwood paste | Image credit: Twitter

UP Police SHO Prem Chand Sharma with gangajal and sandalwood paste | Image credit: Twitter

Nauchandi police station SHO Prem Chand Sharma has started to sprinkle 'gangajal' (water from Ganga river) on the heads of visitors and applying 'chandan' (sandalwood) paste on their foreheads.

In a bid to make the district of Meerut safer, UP Police has now started offering “gangajal” and “chandan” paste to visitors at the police station as part of new “safety protocols”.

The novel solution was devised by Nauchandi police station SHO Prem Chand Sharma who has started to sprinkle “gangajal” (water from Ganga river) on the heads of visitors and applying “chandan” (sandalwood) paste on their foreheads.

In a video that has been going viral on social media, SHO Sharma can be seen entering the Nauchandi police station in UP’s Meerut district with a bottle of Gangajal. Soon after that, several bottles of Gangajal were lined up on his table.

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Speaking to a journalist Piyush Rai who shared the video on Twitter, Sharma said that the gangajal and chandan paste were meant to have a calming effect on anyone who visited the police station.

Sharma said that he had noticed that since he started using gangajal, he had noticed that those coming to the station were less aggravated.

“Those who come to the station are calmer, they can tell their problems peacefully and slowly their problems get diluted,” Sharma can be heard saying. He went on to add that offering the gangajal and chandan had helped improve law and order in his station.

According to Rai, the SHO has been “purifying” visitors with the holy water and chanting a “sanitzation mantra”. Ahead of Holi, the SHO ever offered bottles of Gangajal as “gifts” to visitors.

UP Police was recently in news after a large number of cartons containing seized liquor went missing from a police station in the state. A senior police officer said over 1,400 cartons of liquor have gone missing from the Kotwali Dehat police station and a case has been registered against Station House Officer Indreshpal Singh and clerk Rishal Singh.

However, a general diary at the police station mentions that 239 cartons have been damaged by rats, which the senior police officer said seems to be fishy and unacceptable. Superintendent of Police of Etah Udai Shankar Singh on Sunday confirmed the development and said that a probe is on in this regard. He, however, refused to elaborate further.

first published:March 30, 2021, 12:46 IST