India takes up colors of Holi



A minimum of 11 teens drowned throughout Holi revelry in Nizamabad district and also at Kukatpally area in Hyderabad on Wednesday, police stated. Several 15 boys visited the village tank to bath after Holi festivities in Basant Cheruvu (village tank) in Sirikonda village of Nizamabad district late this mid-day, then seven of these started drowning, a senior officer at Armoor told PTI.

People accepted one another wanting ‘Happy Holi’ as unseen hands squirted all of them with a properly-timed coloured water spray. Water-filled balloons were lobbed from roofs and balconies as cries of ‘Holi hai’ reverberated the roads.

However, tragedy struck when six teens drowned in Andhra’s Nizamabad district and also at Kukatpally section of Hyderabad once they visited bath after Holi festivities.

In Bengal, three persons drowned in separate occurrences in Howrah district while washing themselves in water-feature after getting involved in the revelry.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde celebrated Holi with BSF jawans in an outpost close to the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district.

The festival was celebrated through the Hindu community and security forces with traditional fervour and gaiety in Kashmir.

Leader Pranab Mukherjee and Pm Manmohan Singh expressed anticipation the festival will strengthen belief in national values and promote oneness and harmony.

“Around the wondrous occasion of Holi, I convey my greetings and good desires to my fellow countrymen. This festival which marks the arrival of spring, is really a harbinger of pleasure, hope and fulfilment for those,” the Leader stated.

ingh stated the festival of colors may be the celebration of “existence and goodness and provides chance to bolster the spirit of brotherhood”.

In Punjab’s Amritsar district, BSF jawans celebrated Holi in the Attari worldwide border. The Durgiana temple in Amritsar was with taste decorated and individuals thronged it, so was the holy town of Anandpur Sahib.

Within the national capital, police personnel were used over the city.

BJP veteran L K Advani met site visitors and party leaders at his residence here around the occasion.