Raahgiri, which has become a regular feature in Gurgaon every Sunday has received a severe blow, as the event will not take place on the next two Sundays – March 30 and April 6. With the elections slated on April 10, Gurgaon Police would be busy, making it difficult for the event to be conducted.
Latika Thukral, one of the organisers of Raahgiri, said, ''Raahgiri would not take place on March 30 and April 6 because the police force would not be available. All the police personnel would be used in the election rallies.'' Confirming the same was Sukhbir Singh, ACP, Gurgaon
(Traffic), who said, ''The Police have a very busy schedule in the elections hence the police would not be able to take out time for Raahgiri. There is so much of preparation that goes on for elections.''
The event, which first kicked off in Gurgaon
on November 17, 2013, has turned out to be a success, where people from different walks of life are brought together, irrespective of the age. The participants are involved in cycling, running, working out, skating, etc. In order to man this huge crowd, it needs a number of police personnel. Latika Thukral considers the cancellation of the event on the upcoming two Sundays as a good move.
She said, ''It is a good move in the sense, as the Gurgaon Police is tied up with the elections. We have to be fair to them. They have been very good with us and supportive.'' Gurgaon Police has been impressed with Raahgiri, which might have prompted them to support the event even after its deadline of March 30.
Sukhbir Singh said, ''We are going to support the event even after the elections. Raahgiri is a very good event, as it has also made people aware of the traffic rules, which is a must.'' He has visited the event personally as well, which he terms it to be an 'impressive one.'
The organisers makes sure that the Raahgiri event is free from any kind of commercialisation. ''We need to be careful so that Raahgiri does not get misused. It has also become a platform of people to use it for their commercial interests,'' said Latika Thural.
There have been reports of Raahgiri participants complaining about the recent Raahgiri event, which might have been disrupted by a BJP rally. Political parties use such kind of gatherings for their vested interests with the elections coming up in a fortnight or so.
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