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Ahmedabad Rath Yatra peaceful
July 02, 2003 00:55 IST
The 126th Rath Yatra passed off peacefully on Tuesday night with the three chariots carrying idols of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Lord Balaram reaching the ancient temple in Jamalpur, Ahmedabad, after covering 24km.
One person was injured in a 'scuffle' among akhada members as the procession reached Saraspur area, while police recovered some swords from Dariapur.
Paramilitary troops and police personnel were deployed at all places to ensure that no untoward incident took place.
Local Muslim leaders welcomed the yatra in certain parts of the city while residents of many sensitive pockets observed a 'janta curfew'.
Chief Minister Narendra Modi had earlier performed the traditional pahind, which signalled the commencement of the yatra.
Scores of devotees followed the three raths along the route during the daylong procession. Devotees in nearly 100 trucks offered prasad and sweets.
Sixteen decorated elephants of the temple led the procession. The devotees chanted Jai Ranchod Makhan Chor all along the way to the temple.
The three idols will be placed back into the temple after puja on Wednesday morning, sources said.
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