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Hours before PM Modi’s visit, winds uproot Ravana effigy

Hours before PM Modi’s visit, winds uproot Ravana effigy

New Delhi: Before Prime Minister could arrive at a Ramlila venue in the Red Fort ground, the winds uprooted The Ravana effigy hours before he has scheduled the visit. PM Narendra Modi was to make an appearance to celebrate Vijayadashami, officials said.

The 80 to 90 feet tall effigy came off its base due to a strong wind, said Ravi Jain, Press Secretary, Shri Dharmik Lila Committee, which is organising the event, reported Deccan Herald.

Authorities became nervous as they prepared to receive the Prime Minister later in the evening, but Jain said it was “minor incident” and the structure was mounted soon.

Jain also said nobody got injured in the mishap. The senior police officials disputed Jain’s claim and said, two people standing near the effigy received minor injuries and were provided first-aid.

Shri Dharmik Lila Committee is one of the older bodies organising Ramlila celebrations in the sprawling Red Fort grounds every year.