A picture of circle Officer of Gorakhnath area, in official uniform was seeking blessing from UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, is widely shared on the internet when he shared the photo in his social media page.
Praveen Kumar Singh, the Police Officer posted as a circle officer in Gorakhnath shared photographs on Facebook where he is seen kneeling down in front of CM Yogi with folded hands. In another picture, the police officer was seen putting tilak on the forehead of the CM. He took blessings from Adityanath not as Chief Minister but as the head of the Gorakhnath temple on the occasion of Guru Purnima.
The police officer never thought in his wildest of the dream that these pictures would create so much of ruckus in the social media. Later he realized his folly and restricted access to the account following the outcry.
Police officer’s act has triggered fresh controversy. People are questioning how can a police officer in the dress involve in religious activities. Lots of people on twitter say that officer has not done anything wrong and objectionable while other says he should have changed his dresses before interacting with the CM.
One of the Twitterati wrote –
“I don’t think it should be anyone’s concern until unless he is biased in his duty, we are in a country where each government program starts by lighting a lamp in Hindu rituals and so forth… what’s the big deal?!
“Official and Spiritual bonding should not be mixed up. Both have different places and occasions.”
The Chief Minister is the head priest of the influential Gorakhnath temple in the town.
A few days back a police officer in Delhi was seen ‘taking blessings’ of a self-styled so-called god woman- In the photo the polices officer’s eyes were shut and the good woman was seen standing behind him. The picture occupied headline of the news. Following the hullabaloo, the police officer was transferred.