With traditional fervour and devotion, thousands of devotees took part in the Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) celebrations in the twin cities of Dhanbad-Bokaro on Monday. Amidst tight security, the festival passed-off peacefully and no untoward incidents were reported.
Followers of Muslim religion thronged the mosques to offered special Eid prayers. Men, women and children dressed in their new attire arrived to offer the special prayers at the mosques in Dhanbad and Bokaro.
Addressing the gathering, religious heads asked people to maintain peace and also spoke about the relevance of sharing and supporting each other. After the prayers, the sacrificial meat was distributed among the devotees.
Several people began to scout for butchers who could skin and make portions of the meat for distribution to those belonging to weaker sections of society. Those celebrating the festival visited their relatives with a portion of meat as an offering.
Meanwhile, district administration Dhanbad conducted a raid and seized over dozens of banned animals from Wasseypur brought to sacrifice on the eve.
A team led by SDO and DSP conducted a raid on Sunday and over dozens of animals were seized, informed M Kumar SDO (Law and Order). “The sacrifice of cow, bulls, camels and buffaloes is prohibited under the Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act, 1955, and the violation is punishable under section 5 of this Act,” the SDO said.
"A directive had been issued earlier that transportation of such animals for sacrifice or for slaughter or trading for fleshes is also banned in the district and punishable under the Animal Act 1960 and 1978,” he added.
Ahead of festivities, security was enhanced at every nook across the cities to nab the unsocial elements found in involved in any mischievous activities. Police also embarked upon conducting checking of two and four wheeler’s with the help of metal detectors in the two cities.
Social media was abuzz with Eid messages and posts. Many netizens urged each other to celebrate a ‘clean’ Bakrid.